Lincoln County Government used its last hour of business in 2020 at the Lincoln County Courthouse in downtown Troy to swear in some of its newest officials – as well as some old ones.
The most notable Lincoln Countian to take the oath of office on Dec. 31 was Rick Harrell, who became the county’s new sheriff. Harrell defeated John Cottle in August’s Republican primary, and plans to hit the ground running immediately.
Within the first 100 days in office, Harrell said he wants to have a five-year strategic plan to establish where the Lincoln County Sheriff’s lies as an organization.
“Everyone in the community, the 60,000 people that live and work in Lincoln County and the people that already work in the Sheriff’s Department are going to have a voice in that decision on where we’re headed,” Harrell said. “And I’m excited to begin that discussion.”
Harrell also said he expects the community to hold him and his department accountable at all times.
“We are going to be transparent,” he said. “We want the community to hold us accountable for everything we do.
Also taking the oath of office is new Lincoln County Coroner Ryan Parker. The former Troy Police Department officer was honored by the City of Troy in September for his actions in a wrong-way chase along Highway 61, which caused multiple accidents and injuries.
Parker said the training he gained from the Troy Police Department, which resulted in saving lives, will help immensely in his new position.
Parker’s goal is to work as hard as he can with the community, as well as the families of those who have died, naturally – or unnaturally.
“People that pass away need to have they stories told,” he said. “They need to have it told accurately, and they need to have someone tell it compassionately.
There are families who are suffering, and are at a loss, and I want to be that person that they can lean on.”
Also sworn in during the ceremony were County Assessor Kevin Bishop, County Surveyor Donald “Tec” Parr, County Treasurer Brenda O’Brien and County Public Administrator Sandy Jung.