Digital Exclusive: Criner sworn in as sheriff

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MIDLAND, Texas (YourBasin) – After about a month of winning the seat for Midland County Sheriff, David Criner is excited and ready for his new chapter in life.

With the retirement of interim sheriff Richard Gillette, Criner will finish the year as sheriff 9 months before his actual term starting in January 2021.

“First day it’s just going around and swearing everybody in, we’ve got ninety people to swear in. It’s throughout the entire day,” says Criner.

Not just swearing those ninety people in but a full plate as Criner is set to take on multiple tasks while keeping his promises.

“Professionalism, be dedicated to the people of Midland County, and make this a safe place to work and raise a family. We are all dedicated to that. We’re all on the same page,” says Criner

One of the tasks include the investigating being conducted by the Texas Rangers. According to Criner, nobody under his command is currently involved with the investigation. Criner is letting the investigation take it’s course and says the ranger is on his own timetable.

“His timetable is his own timetable. He’ll let me know when it is finished and we will all know at the same time,” says Criner.

With multiple confirmed of COVID-19, the jail is a big concern regarding all the current inmates being compacted in the building. According to Criner the numbers have reduced and they continue to monitor the situation.

“I think we are down to 398 as of this morning instead of reaching that 500 level,” says Criner

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