Sheriff Sid Causey recommended Chief Deputy Ed McMahon take over as his successor. Sheriff Causey sent that recommendation to the New Hanover County Democratic Party. The party will make a final nomination to the county commissioners by July 1st. If he is chosen, Chief Deputy McMahon said he is ready for the opportunity. “I will be excited. I will be privileged and honored, and I will lead this department with integrity. I will do my best to serve each and every citizen in this county to the best of my ability,” he said. McMahon is a seventeen year veteran of the sheriff's office. He was promoted to chief deputy in 2007. If McMahon is nominated as the new sheriff, he will serve the remainder of Sheriff Causey's term. After that, there will be an election. Sheriff Causey was unavailable for comment.
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