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Greene Sworn In; New Petition Filed

The new petition can be viewed below.

Sheriff Jody Greene was sworn into office this morning, and within minutes District Attorney Jon David filed a new petition for his removal.

The state board of elections instructed the county to issue a certificate of election Wednesday.

Greene received the oath of office from Rep. Brenden Jones shortly after 9 a.m. in a ceremony at the former county school board building. The deputies, animal protective services and detention staff were then sworn in. The ceremony was finished by 9:30.

David filed his new petition for removal at 9:40 a.m. The 71-page document is largely a carbon copy of the original petition for removal. You can read the document in its entirety below.

The atmosphere was more of a campaign rally than swearing-in. Dozens of Greene supporters joined county commissioners and Republican leaders ing the parking lot of the facility, which is planned to become a temporary sheriff's office in the coming months.

Greene thanked the deputies, staff and crowd, and promised that he "will be a sheriff for all the people of Columbus.

"We're not giving up," Greene said.

Greene defeated Jason Soles by nearly 1,600 votes in November. He resigned from office during a hearing on David's first removal petition, which accused Greene of failure to discharge duties, corruption, sexual harassment and maladministration.

David did not return emails or a text message asking for comment.

This is a developing story.

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