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12/3/2018 9:53:00 PM
Beam Becomes Sheriff; Cesena & Sigmon, Commissioners
Clerk of Court Fred Hatley administers the oath of office to new Sheriff Bill Beam.
Clerk of Court Fred Hatley
administers the oath of office
to new Sheriff Bill Beam.

Carrol Mitchem was chosen as the new chair of the Board of Commissioners.
Carrol Mitchem was chosen
as the new chair of the
Board of Commissioners.

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Lincoln County Sheriff's Office
Leadership Team (L-R) Sheriff Bill
Beam, Major Lee Caskey, Capt. Billy
Brooks, Lt. Justin Frye, Lt. Jordan
Cody, Lt. Charlie Greene, and
Lt. Alan Manns.

Wayne Howard
Staff Writer

The James W. Warren Citizens Center auditorium was packed Monday night as two new County Commissioners and new Sheriff Bill Beam took their oaths of office and assumed their duties.  

After Bud Cesena and Milton Sigmon were sworn in by Clerk of Court Fred Hatley, the Commissioners selected Carrol Mitchem as the new chair and Rich Permenter as the vice chair.  The vote for both was unanimous.

Bill Beam became the new Sheriff of Lincoln County.  Beam said he expects to operate the Sheriff's office very much like his predecessor David Carpenter did.  The only significant staffing change will be Charlie Greene assuming the role of liaison with the courts.  Greene, who served as a Highway Patrolman for 30 years, has been with the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office for the last 11 years.  The rest of the leadership team for the Sheriff's office will be unchanged: Major Lee Caskey, Captain Billy Brooks, and Lieutenants Justin Frye, Jordan Cody, and Alan Manns and Lt. Alan Houser will remain in charge of the jail.  

Beam said he hopes to expand the service to the eastern part of the county by establishing another district office there, but that will have to wait until he formulates plans and presents them to the County Commissioners.

After hearing three requests for conditional use permits with the County Planning Board, Commissioners approved the Golf Cart Ordinance that had been discussed on multiple previous occasions.  

They also approved the low bid for construction of the new West Lincoln Branch Library. Hickory Construction Company was awarded the contract.  Their bid was $3,379,948 which is considerably less than what had been approved for the project in this year's budget.  

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