MACON COUNTY, Ill. (WCIA) — After a nearly three-year-long recount process, a new sheriff will take over in Macon County.

Former Lt. Jim Root was sworn in as Sheriff Root on Monday with just over a year left in this term.

Antonio “Tony” Brown announced this month his intention to retire as Macon County Sheriff. He was elected sheriff by one vote and was sworn into the role in 2019.

A recount appeared to give him more votes, but a circuit court judge’s ruling in May gave it to Jim Root by 16 votes.

After he was sworn in, Root said it was time to put the past behind.

“Sheriff Brown said it a couple of weeks ago. It’s time to put the differences aside and start healing this community and this department,” he added.

Root wouldn’t comment yet on whether or not he’ll run for re-election in 2022.

Right after the ceremony, WCIA saw the new and retiring sheriffs shaking hands. Both men wished one another the best.

Sheriff Brown offered up support to the incoming sheriff. As the transition begins, Brown said he will continue to have an active role in the community.