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.
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.