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County preparing to swear-in newly elected officials

Friday, December 26, 2008

The 2008 General Election was historic on the national level, but also welcomed some new faces to governmental positions in Clay County.

On Monday, Dec. 29, candidates who were elected to their respective positions on Nov. 4 will be officially sworn in.

Clerk of the Circuit Court Mary Brown will be swearing in the Republican winners and Circuit Court Judge Joe Trout will be swearing in the Democratic winners during the ceremony, which is set for 7 p.m., in the Clay Superior Court at the Clay County Courthouse.

Of those elected to a new position, Vicki Wheeler may have the toughest act to follow.

Wheeler will be replacing Brown, who has occupied the position since 2001 and was awarded the William "Bill" Mansard Outstanding Clerk of the Circuit Court Award at the Association of Indiana Counties 2008 Annual Conference in September.

However Wheeler, who defeated Cathy Bales in November's election, has worked alongside Brown and has been an employee of the courthouse since 1989.

Joel Reinoehl is also following a legacy of sorts.

Reinoehl will be taking over the position of Clay County Coroner, which has been occupied by Rick Swearingen since 2001.

In an interview with The Brazil Times in April, Swearingen said he had pronounced 36 deaths stemming from traffic accidents alone, 12 of which were individuals under the age of 21.

However, Reinoehl, who defeated Brandon Sciotto, has more than 19 years experience as a licensed funeral director and has already completed much of the training and certifications necessary to effectively carry the burdens of the position.

On the Clay County Council, two newcomers will be welcomed to the fray.

Brian Wyndham and Chip Hoskins will join Mike McCullough, who was re-elected to his fourth term, on the council to help battle through potential budget concerns as the effects of the property tax caps begin to show.

As a member of the Clay County Redevelopment Commission, Wyndham has worked with the council in recent years, while Hoskins will be new to all of the processes.

On the other end of the spectrum, the Clay County Recorder's Office will be welcoming a familiar face for the first time in more than six years.

Joe Dierdorf, who defeated Angela Modesitt, served as Recorder from 1997-2002 before becoming Clay County Auditor from 2003-06.

In an interview with The Times following the Nov. 4 election, Dierdorf expressed his excitement of returning to county government after a two-year absence.

"I have missed county government and I am humbled that the citizens of Clay County have voted me into office and I hope to make everyone in the county proud," Dierdorf said.

Jack Withers, who defeated Walter Young, will be serving his first term as Clay County Commissioner for District 1.

Withers was caucused into the position in April 2007 after Commissioner Dave Parr passed away. Prior to becoming a commissioner, Withers had served as Clay County Treasurer since 1999.

Joining Withers as Commissioner for District 2 will be Charlie Brown, while John Keller was re-elected to the position of Clay County Surveyor. Both Brown and Keller ran unopposed in the 2008 General Election.

The public is welcome to attend the event.

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