LEXINGTON, S.C.  (SCRN/WVOC) - An interim sheriff has been sworn into office in Lexington County, replacing longtime sheriff James Metts, who was suspended this week after being indicted on charges of bribery and interfering with the federal processing of undocumented immigrants.

Retired lawman Lewis McCarty was appointed by Governor Nikki Haley to replace Metts on Tuesday.

McCarty served as the second-in-command under Metts at the sheriff's department until his retirement in 1999. 

He wasted little time on his first day Wednesday firing four top administrative aides who had worked under Metts, saying the sheriff's department is in the process of reorganizing.