WNC elected officials sworn-in this week
All week the final step of the election process for local candidates took place across North Carolina with swearing-in ceremonies marking the beginnings of their terms in office. In Western North Carolina, those ceremonies took place in a variety of locations from courtrooms and government buildings to churches and meeting halls. Local officials were sworn-in including county commissioners, school board members, and sheriffs.
Here’s a selection of elected officials swearing-in ceremonies in the region provided by the local governments. You can see a full list of who was elected on BPR’s election results page.
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Transylvania County Commissioners Emmett Casciato and Jake Dalton were sworn-in this week. The board re-elected Commissioner Jason Chappell as chair and Commissioner Dalton as vice chair for the coming year.
Courtesy of Transylvania County Government
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Republican Bill Wilke was sworn-in as sheriff by the Honorable Donna Forga, District Court Judge, 30th Judicial District, North Carolina. “I am honored to serve the people of Haywood County in this capacity with leadership, integrity, and strength,” said Wilke, according to the Haywood County Sheriff’s Office.
Courtesy of Haywood County Sheriff's Office
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Buncombe County Commissioners were sworn-in this week, including newly elected District 2 Commissioner Martin Moore and re-elected incumbent Commissioners Al Whitesides and Amanda Edwards were sworn in. Because of newly redrawn and adopted district maps incumbent Commissioner Amanda Edwards will serve this term in District 3 and Commissioner Whitesides will serve District 1.
Courtesy of Buncombe County Government
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Republican Brent Holbrooks was sworn in with his family this week to become Macon County Sheriff. His father, former Macon County Sheriff Homer Holbrooks, pinned on his badge, according to the Franklin Press.
Courtesy of Macon County Sheriff’s Office
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Clay County Schools Board of Education members took the Oath of Office and were sworn in by District Court Judge Tessa Sellers at the Clay County Courthouse. Those elected were Kelly Crawford, Dr. Jason Shook and Robert Caldwell.
Courtesy of Clay County Schools
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Republican Sheriff Lowell Griffin was sworn-in for his second term as Sheriff of Henderson County. The ceremony took place at The Bridge Church in Hendersonville.
Courtesy of Henderson County Sheriff's Office
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Republican Doug Farmer was sworn-in this week as the new Jackson County Sheriff.
Courtesy of Jackson County Sheriff's Office
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Henderson County School Board member’s Alyssa Norman, Shelia Dale and Jay Egolf were sworn-in. This will be Norman and Dale’s first terms on the board.
Courtesy of Henderson County School Board
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Republican Swain County Sheriff Curtis Cochran was sworn into office this week. This will be his fifth term as sheriff, according to the Smoky Mountain News.
Courtesy of Swain County Sheriff's Office