ELECTED

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Among those sworn in was Jack Sims with the Ca­toosa County Board of Ed­u­ca­tion, as well as court of­fi­cials Doug Woodruff (State Court so­lic­i­tor gen­eral), Ron Goulart (State Court judge), and Ralph Van Pelt Jr. as Su­pe­rior Court judge for the Look­out Moun­tain Ju­di­cial Cir­cuit.

The Board of Com­mis­sion­ers also wel­comed two new mem­bers: Chuck Har­ris and Char­lie Stephens, who un­seated in­cum­bents Bobby Win­ters and Ray John­son re­spec­tively in last year’s pri­mary elec­tion.

“We have two new com­mis­sion­ers get­ting sworn in and they’re fill­ing some big shoes,” Henry said. “We look for­ward to work­ing with them. You’re never go­ing to make every­body happy (as an elected of­fi­cial), but it’s one of the truest forms of serv­ing your fel­low man.”

All six men who were sworn in were able to share the mo­ments with fam­ily mem­bers, some of whom held Bi­bles for each new of­fi­cial as their oath was prompted by Pro­bate Judge Jeff Hul­len­der.

Henry added that mak­ing a big­ger deal about the swear­ing-in cer­e­mony was also a way of high­light­ing the im­por­tance of not only the po­si­tions be­ing filled, but also how well the county, cities, school board, and state of­fi­cials work to­gether as a unit.

“This is not only a swear­ing-in cer­e­mony, it’s great to have every­body in one room work­ing to­gether for the com­mon goal of serv­ing the peo­ple of Ca­toosa County,” Henry said.

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State Court So­lic­i­tor Gen­eral Doug Woodruff takes his oath of of­fice.

New Ca­toosa County Com­mis­sioner Chuck Har­ris (stand­ing left) is sworn into of­fice by Pro­bate Judge Jeff Hul­len­der.

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