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Sworn In

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Newly elected Clay County Council person Toni Carter took her oath of office for District 3 Sunday afternoon in the Clay County Superior Courtroom. [Order this photo]
* New officials sworn in at courthouse ceremony

In November, Clay County residents voted several new people into public office.

On Sunday, many of them took their official oath.

For newly elected Clay County Council District 3 official Toni Carter, being on the other side of the podium during the oath of office process was different.

Carter said she has attended the ceremonies before. But on Sunday, she -- along with many other residents -- were officially sworn into office.

"It's always easier to be a spectator," Carter said.

Carter defeated Dolores Johnson in the November election to take the District 3 seat. On Sunday, she said she's looking forward to the challenge.

"I'll be asking a lot of questions," Carter said. "I want to learn as much as I can and maybe put a new set of eyes on things."

More than 60 attended Sunday's ceremony. Some elected officials were not able to attend, but were set to receive the oath of office Monday. Clay County Prosecutor B. Lee Reberger, County Sheriff Mike Heaton, County Council members Rita Rothrock and Steve Withers, along with a host of others also took the oath of office Sunday.

Clay County Council President Mike McCullough said he's looking forward to working with Carter.

"I've met with her two or three times," McCullough said. "She's going to hit the ground running.

"Dolores did a really good job. She went out of her way to be a good council woman. But I'm looking forward to working with Toni."

Clay County Circuit Court Judge Joe Trout and Superior Court Judge J. Blaine Akers led the proceedings Sunday.

"I'm very glad that each of you elected officials are here," Akers said. "We know each of you will serve properly."

"Public service is, indeed, an honor," Trout added. "I think you should always strive to be the best you can be."