Seven Clay County residents were officially sworn into office Thursday.
Staunton Town Council member Andy Kirchner (Republican), along with Brazil City Council members Sam Glover (Republican, Ward 2), Brad Deal (Democrat, Ward 1), Dustin Jorgensen (Republican, Ward 4), and Tyler Hutcheson (Democrat, At-Large), as well as Brazil Clerk-Treasurer Karen McQueen and Brazil Mayor Brian Wyndham, all took part in the ceremony.
The event took place at the Clay County Courthouse, Superior Courtroom and was officiated by Superior Court Judge J. Blaine Akers.
Akers congratulated all the candidates following the ceremony.
"I certainly appreciate all of you because you spend so much time away from your families to serve this community," Akers said.
Both Republican Party Chairman Sharon Koehler and Democratic Party Chairman Joe Broyles also offered congratulations to the candidates.
"We wish you the best," Koehler said.
"This is a great honor," Broyles added.
Until Thursday, two of the newly elected Brazil City Council members had never attended any of the election ceremonies.
But both Jorgensen and Hutcheson are eager to get to work with the City Council and new mayor.
"I'm excited," Jorgensen said. "I want to work with Brian and the new council."
"I think this will be an exciting time for the city," Hutcheson added. "We've had a lot of progress in the last four years and I think we will have a lot of progress in the next four (years)."
Former Mayor Ann Bradshaw, who was elected to serve as Brazil City Council Ward 3 member, was officially sworn in at an earlier date.
Seven other newly elected officials were not able to attend Thursday's event.