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9/21/09

New sheriff takes oath

By Tiffany Pelt - email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Lubbock County officially has a new Sheriff and a few new Chief Deputies. Monday morning former Chief Deputy Kelly Rowe was sworn in downtown at the courthouse.

During the swearing in celebration family and friends gathered to watch and congratulate Rowe on his new appointment. "It's a great day, I don't even know if I have any words, just seeing all those people come out to watch, I was very humbled," said Sheriff Rowe after the ceremony.

But that wasn't the only appointment made today. Just hours after taking the oath, Rowe announced three new appointments to his top commanding staff. Rowe appointed Major Danny Downes as the new Chief Deputy of the Detention Branch, Major Cody Scott as Chief Deputy of Law Enforcement, and Captain Kim Howell as the new Major of the Detenntion Branch.

Although it was a day of celebration, Rowe says he knows the task ahead is not an easy one. "Lubbock County is a big community, I want to ensure that we are providing the best possible, effective, efficient law enforcement and corrections we can possibly provide," said Rowe.

That includes finishing the past due county jail. It's costing tax payers $3-million to house inmates in surrounding counties. "The big one obviously is getting that jail complete and up and in operation. That's first and foremost," said Rowe. The new county jail was slated to be finished in April of 2008 but now Rowe says it will not be until the first of the year before it's substantially complete.

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9/20/09

New sheriff speaks to NewsChannel 11 Video included

Chief Deputy Kelly Rowe did a one on one interview with News Channel 11, just a day before he is officially sworn in as Lubbock County's new Sheriff.
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