Swearing-In Ceremony for Mecklenburg Co. Sheriff-Elect Garry McFadden Delayed

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The swearing-in ceremony for Mecklenburg Co. Sheriff-Elect Garry McFadden has been delayed.

He’s now set to take the Oath of Office after the County Commissioner Meeting on Tuesday.

The delay is because Commissioners are required to take and accept a bond from Sheriffs in North Carolina before they can take office.

McFadden plans big changes and a completely different approach to being Sheriff.

“We’re not going to be the same Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office that you are accustomed to,” he told people in Ballantyne over the weekend.

He says community engagement will be a top priority.

“I’m having 12 to 15 people, all they’re going to do is be engaged in the community,” McFadden said.

The former CMPD homicide detective is already well-known for his work to improve trust through the Cops and Barbers program.

McFadden also gained popularity through the TV series, “I Am Homicide.”

Changes he plans to implement include ending the 287(g) program, in which deputies partner with ICE to enforce immigration laws.

Outgoing Sheriff Irwin Carmichael told us last week he thinks that’s a mistake.

“This program keeps the community safe, we’re able to identify who is here and who is in this community,” Carmichael said.

McFadden has also talked about having deputies in schools, but admits that will take money.

“I’m going to have to hire deputies. I want my schools safe too, so we’re going to have to these conversations, we’re going to have to have some hard conversations,” McFadden said.

McFadden also wants to help inmates preparing to be released, by putting a focus on mental health, education, and jobs.

“A lot of people in jail have certificates but not secured employment. So, what I’m trying to do is have people with secured jobs when they’re walking out of the jail,” McFadden said.