WICHITA FALLS, TX (KAUZ) - One of the eleven elected officials who took their oath of office Sunday afternoon was Wichita County Sheriff David Duke.
Sheriff Duke ran unopposed for the second time since he took office and he was sworn in for his third term.
As the new year begins, Sheriff Duke said he plans to continue to tackle problems in the community head on.
He said his deputies will continue to get drugs off the streets, especially along U.S. 287.
"Those guys are doing a fabulous (job) in what they're doing. They're taking a lot of drugs off the highway. But, for everyone we stop there's 25 that go by," he said.
Three big projects Sheriff Duke wants to make progress on in 2017 are the county gun range, the sheriff's office radio system, and work at the county jail.
"We have to be (mindful) of what the taxpayers are going to have to pay for. It's tax payers money that we're going to have to tap into, so we don't want to just build something that we think we got to have. We need to build something that we need to have or have to have," Sheriff Duke said.
Work on all projects are in different stages, but the ball on each has begun to roll.
Sheriff Duke understands these projects will take a time to complete, but he is ready to serve the county that has elected him for the third time.
"The main thing is, we're here for everybody. It's their sheriff's office," he said.
Samantha Forester, Newschannel 6