Gulf County's new Sheriff Michael Hammond is already on the job Tuesday night.
Gov.Jeb Bush appointed Hammond
to fill the vacancy Monday.
Some of those I talked tonight are looking forward to the next year with 29-year old Michael Hammond
at the helm; others say this coming year is a trial basis only. The new Sheriff Michael Hammond spent most of day in Tallahassee doing paperwork, then returned home to swear-in his deputies this evening.Hammond tried to calm any concerns about his appointment, saying the transition should be smooth despite differences from former Sheriff Frank McKeithan.
I feel my experience with administration will help me fill his
big shoes," Hammond
is no stranger to politics.In 1992, then 18-year-old Hammond
was elected to the Gulf County Commission
, one of the youngest in state history.At 29, he's now the state's youngest sheriff, something that worries some of his constituents.
understands there are those with reservations, but he
has a year to prove himself.After that, he
says the voters can decide next November if they want him to stay in the job.