A swearing-in ceremony took place Sunday afternoon at Victory Outreach Church in Bennettsville for Marlboro County Sheriff Charles Lemon.

South Carolina Chief Judge for the Court of Appeals Judge James E. Lockemy administered the oath of office to Lemon.

This is his second term in office.

More than 100 people attended the ceremony, which was held under the guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the South Carolina Dept. of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC).

Some of those in attendance included Seventh District Congressman Tom Rice (R), Senator Gerald Malloy (D), Rep. Patricia Moore Henegan (D) and former Rep. Douglas Jennings.

Several neighboring sheriffs and police chiefs came out for the ceremony, including Florence County Sheriff T.J. Joye, Dillon County Sheriff Douglas Pernell, Chesterfield County Sheriff, James "JD" Dixon and Fairmont Police Chief Jon Edwards.

Lemon has been in law enforcement for more than 30 years.

He has 22 1/2 years in the military and spent one tour of duty in Iraq with S.C. National Guard.

Lemon is a member of New Beaver Dam Baptist Church where he serves as Chairman of the Board of Trustees.

He also sings in the choir and is a member of the Golden Eagle Lodge # 392 where he serves as a Master Mason.

He served as the Society Hill Police Chief for four years before becoming a chief deputy of the Marlboro County Sheriff's office for 12 years under then-Sheriff Fred Knight.

Lemon presented Knight with an award during his swearing-in ceremony for Knight's 50 years in law enforcement.

Marlboro County Investigator Walter Baker and Lt. Shawn Wheeler with the inaugural Fred Knight Service awards.

Lemon said he plans to give the awards out in Knight's honor every year that he's in office.

He promises to continue fighting crime and keeping people safe in his beloved Marlboro County.