David Doak took the oath of office twice Thursday night to begin his second and last, he said -- term as Portage County sheriff.
The first time, his father Robert Doak presided over a ceremonial oath for his son, who called him "my best buddy and a man I have respected all my life."
Portage County Common Pleas Judge Laurie Pittman then presided over a second, official oath before a crowd of about 150 friends, family, staff and supporters at the Ravenna Elks Club on North Freedom Street.
Doak, a Ravenna resident, thanked those who gathered for braving the cold, wet weather outside for a ceremony he said was to express his thanks for those who supported him in his first term. He said it "seems like a month ago" when he took his first oath as sheriff after winning election in 2008.
"I'm a little more grounded now than four years ago," he joked. A licensed pilot, the sheriff reminded the crowd of how he took his first oath of office four years ago in a helicopter hovering above the ground.
Doak also thanked his wife Linda, daughter Amanda and son-in-law Scott Casto and granddaughter Elise, who were present for the ceremony. He also thanked the veterans in the crowd, who received a round of applause, and the Portage County Democratic Party for their support.
Also receiving thanks were Doak's staff at the sheriff's office. They, he said, "are the folks who make the place tick."
Doak told the crowd his second four-year term as sheriff also will be his last as an elected official.
"I've certainly enjoyed the last four years," Doak said. "It's been an honor and privilege to serve the community."
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