Car­o­line of­fi­cials sworn in

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DENTON — Sev­eral re­cently elected Car­o­line County of­fi­cials were sworn in to four-year terms in of­fice Tues­day, Dec. 4, at the Car­o­line County Cir­cuit Court­house.

Car­o­line County Cir­cuit Court Judge Jonathan Newell first swore in Clerk of the Cir­cuit Court Terry Lord, who then swore in Judges of the Or­phan Court Ellery Adams, Ron­ald Fearins and Jeff Porter; Reg­is­ter of Wills Jim Phelps; Sher­iff Randy Bounds; and County Com­mis­sion­ers Wil­bur Le­ven­good Jr., Dan Franklin and Larry Porter.

The pro­ceed­ings were at­tended by sev­eral state del­e­gates, mu­nic­i­pal elected of­fi­cials and friends and fam­ily.

Later that evening, Lord swore in re-elected Car­o­line County Board of Ed­u­ca­tion mem­ber Jim New­comb, prior to the board’s monthly meet­ing.

Newell, who was elected to a full 15year term, will be sworn in Mon­day, Dec. 10, at the court­house.

The fi­nal swear­ing-in will be that of Car­o­line County State’s At­tor­ney Joe Ri­ley in Jan­uary.

Be­fore swear­ing in Lord, Newell said any­one who runs for po­lit­i­cal of­fice in the age of 24-hour news cy­cles and the in­ter­net should be ap­pre­ci­ated.

“We live in a con­tentious and crit­i­cal po­lit­i­cal world,” Newell said. “To­day, society rev­els in bad news, and some­times, fake news.”

In ad­di­tion to the scru­tiny, Newell said run­ning a po­lit­i­cal cam­paign costs can­di­dates money, time away from their fam­i­lies and, in some cases, even friend­ships.

Still, Newell said, there is no greater re­ward than serv­ing the pub­lic.

The Rev. Paul Twin­ing of­fered an in­vo­ca­tion, pray­ing to God to give all the of­fi­cials the courage and wis­dom nec­es­sary to carry out their du­ties.

Newell then rec­og­nized Dale Min­ner, who of­fi­cially re­tired Nov. 30 af­ter nine terms — 36 years — as Car­o­line County’s clerk of the cir­cuit court.

Min­ner said when he an­nounced a year ago he was not seek­ing re­elec­tion to a 10th term, a lot of peo­ple thanked him for a job well done.

“I re­al­ized they were all peo­ple I’d got­ten out of jury duty,” Min­ner joked.

Min­ner said it was a good day for Car­o­line County’s cit­i­zens, be­cause in Lord, they were about to get a new clerk of the cir­cuit court who would en­sure the same qual­ity of ser­vice cit­i­zens have come to ex­pect from the of­fice.

“You couldn’t get a more qual­i­fied per­son to take over this job,” Min­ner said.

Min­ner thanked the clerk of the cir­cuit court of­fice staff, and all the cit­i­zens who had voted for and sup­ported him over his ca­reer.

“Hope­fully, I was able to help you when you needed my help,” Min­ner said. “And if not, talk to (Lord), and she’ll fix it for you.”

Lord thanked her friends and fam­ily and her pre­de­ces­sor, Min­ner, for all their sup­port through­out her cam­paign.

Later, af­ter ev­ery­one was sworn in, the Car­o­line County com­mis­sion­ers pre­sented Min­ner with a plaque, ded­i­cat­ing the land records room to him, in recog­ni­tion of his long ca­reer and es­pe­cially his work in dig­i­tally pre­serv­ing all the land records dat­ing back to the county’s found­ing.

Min­ner said he worked with all the clerks of court across the state, as well as with the state of­fice, to trans­form the land records from just a “dun­geon” of a room filled with old books to an on­line data­base, al­low­ing any­one to search Mary­land’s en­tire his­tory of land records from any­where.

“This is re­ally an honor,” Min­ner said. “Record keep­ing is the most im­por­tant part of what clerks do, and this was my big­gest ac­com­plish­ment.”

A re­cep­tion for all the elected of­fi­cials fol­lowed at the Mar­ket Street Pub­lic House.


Car­o­line County’s win­ning can­di­dates in the Nov. 6 elec­tion were sworn in Tues­day, Dec. 4, in the Car­o­line County Cir­cuit Court­house. Pic­tured, from left, front row: Judge of the Or­phans’ Court Ellery Adams; Judge of the Or­phans’ Court Ron­ald Fearins; Del. Jeff Ghrist, R-36; Com­mis­sioner Larry Porter; Del. Steve Arentz, R-36; Com­mis­sioner Dan Franklin; Del. Jay Ja­cobs, R-36; Com­mis­sioner Wil­bur Le­ven­good Jr.; Sen. Stephen Her­shey, R-36; and Judge of the Or­phans’ Court Jeff Porter; back row: Cir­cuit Court Judge Jonathan Newell; Clerk of the Cir­cuit Court Terry Lord; Reg­is­ter of Wills Jim Phelps; and Sher­iff Randy Bounds.

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