BEAUFORT, SC (WTOC) - Over the past year, controversy has surrounded the Beaufort County Treasurer's Office after an employee was charged with stealing more than $210,000 while working at the office.
Several elected officials called for the Treasurer Joy Logan to step down. But last November, voters elected Doug Henderson to the post.
On Friday, Henderson raised his right hand and took the oath of office.
"I am so grateful for all of the people out there who thought enough of me to vote for me and give me this opportunity," said Henderson.
It's a position he sought after hearing about the turmoil in the treasurer's office.
"With my background in banking for 35-40 years, a lot of the things bothered me in the way it was being run," said Henderson. "It began to work on me, so I decided instead of complaining about it, I need to try to do something about it."
Henderson defeated Logan, the longtime treasurer, last November and after months of waiting, he's ready to get down to business.
"We're going to put in, implement checks and balances that have long been needed so we don't have to do reoccurrences of the things that have happened in the past," said Henderson. "We're going to treat people differently."
While it's his first day on the job, Henderson isn't wasting any time.
"We are doing an audit right now at the treasurer's office to make sure we have a base and starting point so I know exactly where I am with all of the cash, the money," said Henderson.
Many including the county administrator and the state treasurer are hoping he can turn things around.
"Doug's election is important," said Curtis Loftis, the South Carolina State treasurer. "This office has been in turmoil and we're very excited to have a man of Doug's caliber here."
"Doug is a man of integrity," said Beaufort County Administrator Gary Cubic. "He has restored my confidence in the direction he intends to take the county."
"We've been through a tough situation here in Beaufort county and I am very happy we've elected Doug," said Clara Partridge, Beaufort County resident. " I hope we can restore the integrity to the Treasurer's Office."
Several months ago the County Administrator brought Henderson on to the staff to help make the transition easier.
Logan told WTOC it was a great pleasure serving the people of the county and she enjoyed her 21 years in office. She says she is now looking forward to retirement and spending more time with her family.