On Tuesday, The Washington County Courtroom was standing room only as the crowd gathered to watch five of their constitutional officers place their hands on the bible, and recite the oath to carry-out their duty and uphold the law.
New Washington County Sheriff Kevin Crews received a standing ovation.
“Those are my people, and I am happy to say that,” said Crews.
The former Chipley Police Chief will serve his first term succeeding former Sheriff Bobby Haddock.
“I’m very honored and grateful, and we are ready to go to work for this county,” said Crews.
Taking the oath is nothing new for Supervisor of Elections Carol Rudd.
Rudd begins her sixth, four-year term.
“It’s hard to think of me being the senior elected official and some aspects especially with my association as well,” said Rudd.
She also adds it’s been a humbling journey.
“It’s been an honor. I love what I do and I love to educate myself to continue to be on top of my game and I appreciate the confidence the voters have placed in me,” said Rudd.
Lora Bell originally took the oath of office when she succeed the late Clerk of Court Linda Cook.
Bell begins her first full-term as clerk after the voters elected her.
They also re-elected incumbent Tax Collector, Ken Naker and and Property Appraiser, Gil Carter.
These are the first Washington County Constitutional Officers sworn-in at the new courthouse, which opened in November.