Published: Nov 10, 2010 4:31 PM EST
Updated: Nov 10, 2010 1:31 PM EST

SHALIMAR, Fla. (AP) - The newly elected sheriff of a corruption-plagued Panhandle sheriff's office has fired four sergeants and a corporal during his first week on the job.

Among those fired by Okaloosa Sheriff Larry Ashley Tuesday was the man who lost the sheriff's race.

The fired men told The Northwest Florida Daily News they received papers stating the new sheriff did not have confidence in them.

Former sheriff Charlie Morris is serving a federal prison sentence after pleading guilty to charges of using Homeland Security money to fund lavish Las Vegas gambling trips, purchase cars and buy gifts for a girlfriend. Jurors found three former sheriff's office employees guilty of racketeering and grand theft charges last month.