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January 2, 2013

Swearing in the new year

County officials take their oaths of office during New Year’s Eve courthouse ceremony

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Daughters Allie and Whitney and grandson Gage gave the oath to Precinct 1 Commissioner George Conley.

New Precinct 3 Commissioner Larry Walden, replacing John Roth — who did not seek re-election — was sworn in by his friend, Trevor Stephens.

In an interview before the ceremony, Walden said he was anxious to work with the county judge and other commissioners for the county’s betterment. He said he was elected to work for the taxpayers.

“I’m looking at some community meetings to take input and have citizens express their opinions as to the true operations of county government,” he said. “I want everybody in precinct 3 to give us an idea of their priorities, so we can formulate our plans.”

Precinct 1 Constable Larry Nix was sworn in by longtime employee and friend Diana Cole.

New Precinct 2 Constable Joe Harris Jr. was sworn in by his wife, Kara, and father, Joe Harris. Harris replaces Lowell Moss.

Judge Suzie Merkley gave Precinct 3 Constable Glen Praytor the oath — for the fourth time.

New Precinct 4 Constable Scott Jones was sworn in by Precinct 4 Constable Bob Brown, who County Judge Mark Riley publicly thanked for his many years of service.

Jones, a senior chief petty officer in the Navy Reserves, said he has taken two other oaths, one of marriage and another of service to his country.

“This is a change of command for me,” he said. “I hope I can live up to the job that [Brown] has done.”

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