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Posted: December 22, 2012 1:52 p.m.

County officials sworn into office

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One re-elected member of the Newton County Board of Commissioners and three newly elected commissioners were sworn in Thursday night with Newton County Judge Henry Baker officiating. Pictured, from left: District 1 Commissioner-elect John Douglas,...

Family and citizens from the community witnessed several officials get sworn-in to office by Judge Henry Baker during a ceremony on Thursday night held at the historic courthouse.

Keith Ellis was sworn-in as the new BOC Chairman as Republicans John Douglas and Levie Maddox were sworn-in to serve as new commissioners for the county. Douglas will represent District 1 on the board and Maddox will represent District 5.

Democrat Nancy Schulz was sworn-in for a second term as a BOC commissioner to represent District 3.

With nearly 40-years in law enforcement, Newton County Sheriff Ezell Brown was backed by his family as he was sworn-in to serve his second term in office.
Republican Tommy Davis took an oath to perform all of the duties entailed with being the county coroner.

Linda D. Hayes took an oath of office to serve as the Clerk of Courts as her family witnessed her being sworn-in. Hayes then took to the stage again to hold a Bible for Barbara Dingler, who was sworn-in as tax commissioner.

The ceremony concluded with a prayer from former BOC commissioner Mort Ewing. Attendees gathered for refreshments and pictures after the event.

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