County officials sworn for new terms

SUPERVISORS SWORN IN– The Board of Supervisors were sworn in as a group by MS Supreme Court Justice Jim Kitchens of Crystal Springs. From left are Jimmy Phillips, District 5; Earl C. Dixon, District 1; Kenneth R. Powell, District 4; Perry V. Hood, District 3 and Terry Channell, District 2. Powell is the outgoing president. The first meeting in 2012 term was held on January 3. Hood was elected to serve as president for 2012.

“I SWEAR TO UPHOLD THE DUTIES OF THE OFFICE…” – From left to right, Steve Amos, Chancery Clerk, Sheriff Harold Jones, Edna Stevens, Circuit Court Clerk, Rickey Clopton, Copiah County Superintendent of Education, Todd Mooney, Tax Assessor, April Holloway, Tax Collector and Elise Munn, County Attorney were all re-elected in November and pledged once again to uphold the sanctity of their offices.

ALL SMILES – (Above left) Mona Carr took the oath of office as the new Justice Court Clerk. (Upper right) Ellis Stuart is sworn in as Coroner. (Above right) Giving oath are Justice Court Judge (Post 2) Vicki Bass Ramsey, Justice Court Judge (Post 1) Lillie V. McKenzie, Constable (Post 2) Ronnie Earls and Constable (Post 1) Jimmy Dale White.

By Bonnie L. Jackson
News Editor
It was a familiar ritual of democracy that all of the participants and their families have taken part in before, but it is no less important – the swearing-in ceremony for all recently-elected county officials was held on December 29,  in the courtroom of the Copiah County Courthouse in Hazlehurst.
Mississippi Supreme Court Justice Jim Kitchens, of Crystal Springs, presided over the ceremony.  Justice Kitchens told the audience comprised of family, friends, community leaders and dignitaries that he was honored to fulfill the duty of swearing in the officials–all of whom were re-elected in November.  
“The fact that all of the incumbents were re-elected speaks to the quality of the officials we have in Copiah County,” Justice Kitchens stated.  
The Copiah County  Board of Supervisors chose to take their oath as a body rather than individually. It set the tone for the rest of the groups to come including the justice court.

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