Troy Berry was sworn in Dec. 2.

Charles County, Md. swore in Troy Berry Dec. 2, the county’s first African American sheriff in the office’s 356-year history.

Berry told NBC, “There’s a single reason I entered the political race — to become sheriff of Charles County.  I was not trying to make
history, I was trying to make a difference.”

When he won the primary election in June against incumbent Sheriff Rex Coffey, Berry promised to focus on integrity, ethics and community policing, according to WUSA9.

Established in 1658, the Charles County Sheriff’s Office is one of the oldest, full-service law enforcement agencies in the U.S.
Sheriff Berry will lead more than 600 police, corrections and civilian personnel.