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Three new office holders among Newton officials taking oaths
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From left, Dorothea Bailey-Butts holds her hand on a Bible held by husband Stanley Butts as she receives the oath of office to be county coroner from Probate Judge Melanie Bell Dec. 17. She took office Jan. 1. - photo by Tom Spigolon

COVINGTON, Ga. — Three who were elected for the first time Nov. 3 joined officials who were re-elected as they took their oaths of office Thursday, Dec. 17, at the Historic Courthouse.

Probate Judge Melanie Bell administered their oaths to Alana Sanders, who was elected District 3 county commissioner; Dorothea Bailey-Butts, who was elected coroner; and Marcus Jordan, elected tax commissioner, all for their first terms in the Nov. 3 General Election. All will take office Jan. 1, Bell said.

Bell also administered the oath to returning Sheriff Ezell Brown, re-elected to a fourth term; and County Chairman Marcello Banes and commissioners Stan Edwards of District 1 and Ronnie Cowan of District 5, all re-elected to second terms. They will begin their new terms Jan. 1.

Sanders noted that she had thought about running for office after working in State Rep. Doreen Carter’s 2014 campaign for Secretary of State — but had not envisioned seeking a seat on the county commission.

She said Carter had predicted Sanders would be a “politician.”

“I’m always doing something where I’m helping other people and that’s what a politician is: a public servant,” Sanders said. “That’s what you’re here for, to help people.”

She thanked those who encouraged her to run for the District 3 seat, which represents northwest Newton County, and asked for prayers as she worked in her new role.

Bailey-Butts said she appreciated the support she had been given since her election and asked for the public’s help for a smooth transition to the office from her predecessor, Tommy Davis.

She also introduced two deputy coroners, Shirlene Parks and Shamon Hill.

The coroner is a state constitutional office that investigates most types of deaths that occur in a county.

Jordan said he was honored to be chosen for the tax commissioner position.

“I’m looking forward to jumping in,” Jordan said.

Tax commissioner is responsible for collecting and accounting for all ad valorem taxes in a county; and serves as an agent of the state revenue commissioner in registering vehicles.

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From left, daughter McKinley Sanders assists Alana Sanders as she takes her oath of office as District 3 county commissioner from Probate Judge Melanie Bell Thursday, Dec. 17. - photo by Tom Spigolon
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Tax Commissioner-Elect Marcus Jordan poses with his wife, Veronica, after he took his oath of office at the Historic Courthouse Thursday, Dec. 17. Jordan takes office as tax commissioner Jan. 1. — Special | Marcus Jordan
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From left, McKinley Sanders poses with mother Alana Sanders after Alana took the oath of office for the District 3 seat on the Newton County Board of Commissioners. - photo by Tom Spigolon
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County Commissioner-Elect Alana Sanders speaks after she took the oath of office from Probate Judge Melanie Bell Thursday, Dec. 17, at the Historic Courthouse in Covington. Sanders takes office Jan. 1. - photo by Tom Spigolon
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Newton County Coroner-Elect Dorothea Bailey-Butts poses with Shirlene Parks and Shamon Hill whom Bailey-Butts said would be deputy coroners after she took the oath of office Thursday, Dec. 17, at the Historic Courthouse in Covington. - photo by Tom Spigolon