Butte County undersheriff sworn in as new sheriff


OROVILLE, Calif. - There's is a new sheriff in Butte County. Undersheriff Kory Honea was sworn in Friday morning as the county's top law enforcement officer.

Honea said he's had his eyes set on the sheriff's badge for the last two years. He was sworn in as the 31st sheriff. There was a standing ovation after the ceremony. After signing some paperwork with the elections office, having his wife and daughter put on his new badge, and a salute of respect from retiring Sheriff Jerry Smith it became reality. "Until the day comes when you step into the shoes you don't know exactly what it's like," Honea said. "It was good, I cried," said Kassidy Honea, Kory's daughter. "I'm very proud of him and I'm glad he included me in the ceremony." Honea said he started thinking about taking over the reins when Smith started giving him more responsibility as the undersheriff. "That prospect became more of a reality," Honea said. Honea said that he has big plans such as bringing in new technology and expanding the jail. "I want Butte County to be safe to live, work and raise a family," said Honea. District Attorney Mike Ramsey said he believes Honea is the right man for the job. Honea was the lead investigator in Ramsey's office until he took the job as undersheriff four years ago. "That dimension of knowing the law from all sides will really help out his community," Ramsey said. "I'm going to work hard every day and hopefully I can live up to the honor of being the sheriff of Butte County and I'm looking forward to that," said Honea.

Technically Honea is the interim sheriff. He is expected to get the title permanently after the primary election next week, in which he is running unopposed.

Honea said that he still doesn't know who will take his old job as undersheriff.