In the 1973 original, Buford reads the law books for himself to learn exactly what his powers are as sheriff. He finds out that he can determine where the corrupt judge's offices are to be located, and he immediately moves the judge's desk into the crapper.
Ray and Chris try some Perp Sweating by forcibly dismantling Booth's truck with a powersaw. In order to search it for drugs. As a final insult, they are sitting in the cab of the mostly-destroyed truck eating their lunch and discussing that it's not working.
After Chris elected as the new sheriff, he arrives at the office for his first day on duty and is met at the door of the sheriff's office by the corrupt former sheriff who tries to convince Chris to retain all of his equally corrupt deputies.
former sheriff: Now Chris, you won the election fair and square, but we have a bit of professional courtesy here. Now, I can personally vouch for every last one of these men...