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HUNTINGDON (August 31) — The oath of office ceremony for the new term of all elected county officials was Friday, August 31, 2018 at 9 a.m. at the Carroll County Courthouse in the large courtroom on the second floor. Family and friends mostly filled the courtroom to observe.
General Sessions Judge Larry Logan administered the oath of office to Mayor Joseph Butler, 20 of the 21 county commissioners, County Clerk Darlene Kirk, Property Assessor Rita Jones, Trustee Paula Bolen, Register of Deeds Natalie Porter, Circuit Court Clerk Sarah Bradberry, Sheriff Andy Dickson, and Road Supervisor Ricky Scott and Road Supervisor Scotty Bailey. Butler and Bradberry are newly elected.
Joseph Butler, new county mayor, follows in his father’s career path. Walter Butler, president of Bethel University, was county mayor 1994-1996. He resigned to accept a position in Governor Don Sundquist’ cabinet. Walter also served as county trustee, 1978 to 1994.
New county commissioners include: Brian Winston, Jeff Carter, Vince Taylor, and Jeremy Fowler. Returning commissioners include: Randy Long, Darrell Ridgely, Bobby Argo, Ronnie Murphy, Steve Parker, Larry Spencer, John Mann, Hal Eason, Lori Nolen, Johnny Blount, Jimmy McClure, Manuel Crossno, Gerald Scarbrough, Willie Huffman, John Austin, Joel Washburn, and Paula Watkins.
County School Board members returning are: Jimmy Simmons, Debbie Broadbent, and Antoinette Stokes. Broadbent was the lone board member to take the oath on Friday.
Sheriff Andy Dickson administered the oath of office to his deputies and associates and Sarah Bradberry administered the oath to her staff.