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Faile takes sheriff’s oath

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By Jesef Williams

Former Lancaster County Sheriff Williford Faile has watched his son grow from a boy to man.

His son, Barry Faile, stepped into a new position that may have made his father most proud.

The younger Faile was sworn in Friday morning as the county’s new sheriff.

He succeeds Johnny Cauthen, who announced his retirement last year.

Elected officials and law officers from at least five different counties were among those who filled Bundy Auditorium at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster to witness the swearing-in ceremony.

Lancaster County Clerk of Court Jeff Hammond administered the oath.

“I look forward to serving you,” Barry Faile told the crowd after taking his oath. “I promise you one thing: I will give you 100 percent every day.”

Williford Faile, Cauthen and a few others sat on the left side of the stage while Barry Faile, his wife, Crystal, and their three children sat on the other end just prior to the ceremony.

Their son, Conner, added a humorous touch to the event – making the crowd laugh with his enthusiastic waves and big smiles during his introduction.

After the oath was administered, Crystal Faile talked about how law enforcement is such a huge part of her husband’s life. She believes he will be a great sheriff.  

“He’s always known this,” she said. “I’m just happy to see him fulfill his dreams and hopes.”  

Cauthen described the ceremony as the passing of a legacy. He said he’s proud to see Barry Faile  assume the position of the county’s top law officer.  

“It feels good to turn it over to somebody who’s very capable of doing the job,” Cauthen said.

Barry Faile has been at the sheriff’s office nearly 19 years. He served as a patrol deputy, criminal and narcotics investigator, drug task force commander and patrol captain.

He was Cauthen’s chief deputy for about six years.

On Friday, he didn’t talk about specific goals and new procedures at the sheriff’s office, but said he will hold a meeting Monday to announce changes.  

Williford Faile, who was sheriff from 1984 to 1997, believes funding will be his son’s biggest challenge. He also knows that drugs and gangs will be top priorities.

He reminds his son to be honest, treat people like you want to be treated and hold on to your morals.

“It was just a great feeling to know he’s come up in law enforcement,” Williford Faile said. “I’m happy to have (him) follow in my footsteps. He’s been in it a long time.”

Contact reporter Jesef Williams at jwilliams@thelancasternews.com or at (803) 283-1152