For the first time in 24 years, Dale County will have a new man leading their Sheriff's Office.
Wally Olson is the new sheriff of Dale County, taking the place of Bryant Mixon who is now retired after 24 years.
"I know I've got my hands full with filling work shoes, and I'm going to do everything I can to honor him and the people of the county. I'm going to do the best job I can. It's truly an honor to serve the people. Like I said, when I was running, to be able to dedicate my life to the people in the county and have the opportunity to serve them, it's truly and honor," said Olson.
Olson's platform during his campaign was centered on more training for deputies. He plans to carry out that promise immediately, training all deputies in basic investigation.
"I've got to prove myself to the people. I want to start out slow, try to build on what the sheriff has already laid out. I know some things may work and some things may not work. I'm just going to take it slow. That way I know I do everything the right way." said Olson.
Olson has been working with the department for nearly 11 years. He says his philosophy for being sheriff is serving the people.
Olson was sworn into office last Friday. After taking the oath, he then deemed Bryant Mixon as the first and last supernumerary sheriff of Dale County.