By Leslie N. Dees
KOSCIUSKO — Less than 24 hours after being elected sheriff, Tim Nail took the oath of office from Chancery Court Judge Eddie Fenwick at the Attala County Chancery Building this morning.
Nail will serve the next three years as sheriff.
On Tuesday evening Nail, who has been serving as interim sheriff, thanked the people of Attala County for their support and votes.
“I thank them very much,” he said. “I’m glad it’s over and I’m ready to go to work.”
Unofficial results of the special runoff election saw Nail take in 3,356 votes or 62 percent to Lexington Police Chief Martin Roby’s 2,015 votes or 38 percent.
Nail said over the last few months the department has focused on making drug arrests in the county and will continue to do so.
“It will be my number one priority to focus on drugs and gangs in our county,” Nail said.
He said they will also work hard to focus on crimes against the people of Attala County.
Nail was appointed to the position of sheriff after the death of William Lee in May and had served as chief deputy and arson investigator with the department.
Approximately 230 absentee votes were counted Tuesday evening as The Star-Herald went to press. Look for official precinct-by-precinct totals in next week’s edition.