County Officials To Be Sworn In Tuesday Morning At Convention Center. Eric Watson Sworn In Sunday

Friday, August 29, 2014

The Swearing In ceremony for elected Hamilton County Officials will take place Tuesday at 9 a.m. at the Convention Center.

Among those to be taking new posts will be Rep. Vince Dean as Criminal Court clerk, former prosecutor Steve Smith as public defender, and County Commissioner Larry Henry as Circuit Court clerk. Neal Pinkston is the new district attorney.

New to the County Commission will be Sabrena Turner in District 7 and Randy Fairbanks in District 1. 

Those sworn in for new terms include Juvenile Court Clerk Gary Behler, Register Pam Hurst, Chancellors Pam Fleenor and Jeff Atherton, County Clerk Bill Knowles, Trustee Bill Hullander, Sheriff Jim Hammond, County Mayor Jim Coppinger and County Commissioners Tim Boyd, Jim Fields, Chester Bankston, Marty Haynes, Greg Beck, Joe Graham and Warren Mackey.

Returning Circuit Court Judges are Neil Thomas, Marie Williams and Jeff Hollingsworth. J.B. Bennett is replacing Judge Jackie Schulten.

Returning General Sessions Court Judges are Christie Sell, Lila Statom, Gary Starnes, Clarence Shattuck and David Bales and Criminal Court Judges Barry Steelman, Don Poole and Rebecca Stern.

Returning city judges are Russell Bean and Sherry Paty.

Rob Philyaw will be sworn in as Juvenile Court judge. 

County School Board winners were Greg Martin, Joe Galloway, David Testerman, Steve Highlander and Karistsa Mosley.

The public is invited.

Eric Watson will be sworn in Sunday at 4 p.m. in the sanctuary of North Cleveland Church of God; as he officially retires from the Tennessee House of Representatives after eight years and takes the oath of office as sheriff of Bradley County.

Special guest speaker will be Mark Gwyn, director of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

The ceremony will include appointed deputy sheriffs as well as Bradley County constables.

There will be a reception immediately following in the Bryant Fellowship Hall. 

 



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