Newly Elected Gulf County Sheriff Sworn In

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For the first time since 2007, Gulf County has a new sheriff.

It appears persistence paid off for Mike Harrison who was sworn in on Tuesday after three separate campaigns for office.

"I was fortunate this time. It was the right time and people were ready for a change here in the sheriff's office and I'm ready to bring the change," said Harrison.

His campaigns were not without obstacles.
Several years ago, Harrison was diagnosed with cancer.

"Even while I was running in the last election, I had Non Hodgkin's Lymphoma. Through God's grace, he pulled me through it and I'm cancer free now."

Cancer free and ready to serve, Harrison says he's already made some changes within the administration.

"There's been a restructuring in the command staff. I do not have as many high ranking officers as in the previous administration, just my choice in where to place people."

He says he also plans to have an emphasis on drug law enforcement.

In Tuesday's ceremony, Harrison was joined by his wife and three children.

"I'm so proud of him," said Mike's wife, Lana Harrison.

"When it comes down to it, this job is about helping people and that's what I'd like to think I'm doing in this job and that's what I'm going to steer this department in," said Harrison.

Harrison was raised in and around Gulf County. He graduated from Wewahitchka High School in 1986.