"I am overwhelmed today," said Waldo County Sheriff Jeffrey Trafton at his swearing-in ceremony Friday morning.

Trafton took the oath of office before a packed conference room audience consisting of various law enforcement officials, city officials, state representatives, residents, friends and family members.

At times Trafton's voice wavered with emotion, which he attributed to a "wicked cold."

Irene Blood, a retired 30-year-veteran of the district court, administered the oath of office, a duty she has done twice before for prior Sheriff Scott Story and once before for Trafton four years ago.

Chief Deputy Jason Trundy was reappointed to his position by Trafton, who said he looked forward to working with him for another four years, and thanked him for "keeping me out of trouble."

Trafton explained that in the role of Chief Deputy, "you are a jack-of-all-trades, responsible for everything, on top of keeping the sheriff out of trouble."

Trafton presented a veteran-made wooden flag to Lt. Matthew Curtis "as a present from my wife Wendy and myself to the members of the Sheriff's Office." 

He went on to say that the Sheriff's Office door is always open for anyone who wishes to come in and discuss community issues.

"This has been heartening to me to see all this support," he said. "I want to thank the folks who supported my campaign, my family, Restorative Justice, the folks at the Reentry Center, Volunteers of America, the County Commissioners, members of the law enforcement community, friends. It's really meant a lot," Trafton said. "I look forward to the next four years."