Republican nominee for sheriff of Mobile County Sam Cochran will be sworn in as interim sheriff replacing David Evans in a ceremony at the Mobile County Courthouse Friday at 1:30 p.m.
Cochran recently won the GOP sheriff's nomination, claiming 55 percent of the vote to best four other candidates and claim the outright win without a runoff.
Evans several weeks ago was tapped by Gov. Bob Riley to temporarily fill the post, vacated by former Sheriff Jack Tillman in a plea bargain with the district attorney's office. It was understood at the outset that Evans would serve only until the GOP determined its nominee for sheriff in the general election this fall.
The event will take place in the ceremonial courtroom on the second floor of the courthouse section of government plaza. The public is welcome. The swearing in is expected to be brief.
Democratic opposition to Cochran is anticipated in the general election, although there is some dispute over who will represent the party. DaVon Grey won the party primary, but his victory is under challenge over his campaign's failure to file financial disclosures according to the rules. Bail bondsman Clint Ulmer ran a distant second to Grey in the primary election.
Cochran, 51, retired recently as police chief over the Mobile Police Department.