Polk County

Byron Lyons takes oath as first black Sheriff of Polk County

Polk County began 2021 with a historic moment — the swearing in of Sheriff Byron Lyons. Lyons took the oath alongside his wife Sylvia and the couple’s three children from County Court at Law Judge Tom Brown just after midnight Frida

2021 begins with historic moment
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Sheriff Byron Lyons delivered a pledge to his staff, family and friends who gathered at the Polk County Jail at midnight Friday to witness the swearing in of Polk County’s newly elected sheriff.

“I will be everyone’s sheriff — whether you voted for me a not,” Lyons said while acknowledging the historic importance of the event. “In the last few days the weight of this moment has begun to sink in.”

Lyons pledged that he and his staff will serve all segments of the community regardless of color, ethnicity, religion or culture.

Outgoing Sheriff Kenneth Hammack could not attend the event as he and his wife Winnie Hammack are recovering from the coronavirus at their home. Hammack did participate in a ceremonial signoff via departmental radio. The former Texas Ranger spent 16 years as the county’s top law enforcement officer. He congratulated Lyons and expressed his confidence in his former chief deputy before notifying PCSO dispatch that he was 10-42 — the law enforcement code for off-duty.

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