(BEDFORD) – On Monday morning newly elected county officials and school board members took their oath of office at the Lawrence County Circuit Courtroom.
Judge William Sleva started off with the swearing-in of his replacement, Judge Bob Cline. Then, Lawrence County Circuit Court Judge Nathan Nikirk had the honor of swearing in the remaining public officials.
Family members took time to take a few photos of the historical moment for those who have chose to serve their community.
The Lawrence County Auditor Jessica Staggs, Lawrence County Recorder Myron Rainey, Lawrence County Treasurer Jody Edwards, Lawrence County Coroner Elizabeth Freeman Cammack, Lawrence County Commissioners Wally Branham and Dustin Gabhart, and Lawrence County Council members Rick Butterfield, Julie Chase, and Julie Heweston all took their turns in taking the oath of office.
In addition, North Lawrence Community School board members Tracey Bailey and Jeff Lambrecht took their oath of office.
Mitchell School Board members Crystal Mikels, Patrick Redman, and Steve Burton were also sworn in Monday morning.
“I am just so thrilled to be back as a county office holder,” said Julie Blackwell Chase after she was sworn in today.
Some were first time office holders such as Lawrence County Council Member Rick Butterfield and others have served in several elected positions such as Lawrence County Recorder Myron Rainey who has also served as Lawrence County Clerk.
Jody Edwards has served as Lawrence County Auditor and will now move on to her new role as Lawrence County Treasurer.
The public was able to view the ceremony from a zoom link, as social distancing and other protocols were put in place due to COVID-19.
The office holders will begin their duties on January 1, 2021.