3 Now SHERIFF Brad Whitehead, tells Channel 4, he will follow in his father's footsteps... a man he called, his hero. Whitehead is the THIRD member of his family to accept the position as Union County Sheriff. He fills the void, after his father Jerry, died from heart failure just last month. Channel 4's Ashley Harding was there for the swearing-in ceremony, and joins us now in studio... Ashley, what an emotional day for this community. 3 3 It certainly was! The courtroom was packed with family, friends, and countless Union County residents. All were very touched to see the new Sheriff Whitehead carry on this amazing family legacy. 3 00-0516-241:21-1;28////nats people laughing hysterically/// TRACK The mood started with a humorous moment when the Union County judge forgot to grab his Bible. ///more laughing/// TRACK But then, it came down to business. ///nats of swearing./// TRACK And with that, a new sheriff was born.///nats of clapping//// 38:54 "It is a very emotional day, I have been coming to my fathers office for 29 years while he was sheriff. It's different with him not being here. But he's smiling down upon us and we know he's happy today."TRACK Sheriff Brad Whitehead is following in the footsteps of his father, the legendary Sheriff Jerry Whitehead...who after more than 30 years of service, died from cardiac arrest just one week before Christmas. Before him, HIS father John, had also served in that role. It's a touching moment for those who knew and love all three men. 36:04 Its hard to even put into words. sends chills down my neck just thinking about it. I know his father is looking down on him with great pride and a lot of tears.TRACK Sheriff Whitehead says he always looked up to both men, and knows their wisdom and love for law enforcement taught him well.39:15 Do what's right for this community and the people and treat people fair. Firm and fair. If you do the right things for the right reason then the rest of it is in God's hands."TRACK Even though the first day of a new job can be nerve-racking...there's no doubt about it, the people of Union County have put great faith in their new leader. "He's just a great people person. Its part of his family make up. That's what the Whiteheads are all about." Sheriff Brad Whitehead is expected to serve until this November.Again, the people we spoke with couldn't be happier for him and they all said the same thing, his father would be very proud. 3 Ashley... What about after November?Answer: Rob, I asked him that.He words to me were, well of course, it's only his first day on the job and there's some time between now and then. But yes, he wants to continue this legacy as sheriff. But most of all, his passion is serving the citizens of Union County.