UPDATED: Tuesday, January 1, 2013 - 4:23pm
Waco, TX — For the past 12 years, Larry Lynch woke up everyday as the Sheriff of McLennan County. But now there's a new sheriff in town.
New Year's Eve is a cause for celebration for many people. But for Parnell McNamara, it was a celebration 18 months in the making.
Just minutes after the new year rang in, McNamara, who is a fifth-generation McLennan County resident and a third-generation U.S Marshall, was sworn in as McLennan County's new sheriff.
Matt Cawthon is McNamara's deputy chief and second-hand man.
He was sworn in just minutes after the sheriff. They've known each other for twenty years now.
"McNamra's roots in this community go back years and years. As a matter fact he still lives in the house built by his great-grandfather in the late 1800's," said Cawthon.
McNamara, a former U.S Marshall. and Cawthon, a Texas Ranger, have more than 60 years of law enforcement experience.
"I'm going to bring that 30 years of law expericne to the McLennan County Sheriff's Office," said Cathon. "And we have chosen some real fine young men and women to bring this department to where it needs to be."
And mere moments after taking the role of sheriff, McNamara wasted no time getting to work by cruising the streets of New Year's Waco until three in the morning.