Monday marked a changing of the guard in county politics.
Winners of the 2008 General Election were sworn in to their respective offices Monday night in the Superior Court of the Clay County Courthouse.
Clay Circuit Court Judge Joseph Trout swore in the newest Democratic office holders while current Clerk of the Circuit Court Mary Brown swore in the Republicans, which included Vickie Wheeler, who will be taking over Brown's position at the beginning of the year.
"It is a big job to fill but Mary will be there with me," Wheeler said. "I am confident that we will be able to get the job done."
Wheeler added she would be essentially trading places with Brown, who will become her first deputy, a job Wheeler served during Brown's entire eight years in office.
"Mary has taught me a lot and we have learned things together," Wheeler said. "I have gotten a good idea on how to handle difficult situations that arise."
On the other side of the coin, business should continue as normal for the Clay County Commissioners as both Charlie Brown and Jack Withers were re-elected.
"It is fantastic to work with both Jack and Paul (Sinders)," Brown said. "We respect each others opinions and work in a consensus to try to do what is best for the county."
Withers agreed, while pointing out the swearing in is the last hint of political separation while the commissioners are in office.
"Once we are in office, all of the politicking is out the window," Withers said. "I wasn't too sure I would win, but now that I am back in the position, everything is back to business."
Returning to a familiar position is Joe Dierdorf to the Clay County Recorder's Office.
"It is a great feeling to be back working with the county," he said. "Public service is definitely gratifying and I have always enjoyed being in the job."
Dierdorf had previously served as recorder from 1997-2002, and is bringing back a friendly face with him.
"I decided to bring back Susan Kellum as my first deputy in a hope to rectify things," he said. "I've missed the atmosphere of working with the county offices and I also enjoy the citizens we work with as well."
Following the retirement of Mark Dierdorf, the Clay County Council is going to be seeing some new faces.
Current Council President Mike McCullough was re-elected to his fourth term on the council while Charles Hoskins and Brian Wyndham will be the newcomers in place of Dierdorf and Warren Stevenson, who had run for re-election.
Both Hoskins and Wyndham are looking forward to boosting the county's economy, but in different ways.
"I'm excited to get started, but I know I have a lot to learn," Hoskins said. "My biggest goal is to try to bring new businesses and industry in the area."
Wyndham agreed with Hoskins' thoughts, but was in favor of boosting the employment opportunities as a way of improving the county.
"I think my experience with the Clay County Redevelopment Commission will help be a sort of a stepping stone to the council as I have a bit of an idea about its inner workings," Wyndham said.
"I know there are a lot of things to work on, but I believe getting more jobs will be the key to improving the county because we need more employment to help enhance the population base."
While McCullough acknowledged the transition period for Hoskins and Wyndham will take time, he was confident in their ability to do the job.
"There are many issues that come up, some of which are complicated, but I look forward to providing an influence through leadership to guide them through the process," he said. "For myself, being elected to my seventh term overall in county government still feels like an honor, and I take great pride in knowing the residents continue to put their trust with me."