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Newly elected county officials sworn in

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Diana Buckley
Ellis County Communications
WAXAHACHIE - An a cappella rendition of the national anthem, sung by eight-year-old Max Navar-ro, drew thunderous applause and a standing ovation from the packed house during swearing-in ceremonies, Jan. 1, in the county's historic courthouse with 378th District Judge Al Scoggins presiding.

'That's a hard act to follow,' said Scoggins.

'But I'm enough of a politician not to even try.'

Scoggins conducted the proceedings with a mixture of reverence and levity that made the morning enjoyable for the officials, their families, and others in attendance.

Laughter filled the courtroom more than once, but most significantly when Commissioner Ron Brown, pct. 4, stepped up to the podium.

'Since this is Commissioner Ron Brown, we'll do things a little bit differently,' said Scoggins, who then proceeded to dispense Brown's oath of office one word at a time.

'See what I have to put up with?' said Brown, struggling to keep a straight face.

'I notice those that have been elected several times, like Cindy (Polley) and myself… Well, there's a lot less supporters up here,' Scoggins quipped when Polley came forward alone.

'My wife didn't even show up for my last one.'

County Judge Chad Adams gathered his four daughters close and asked his wife, Gina, to hold his Bible.

'I'm making a promise here, girls,' Adams said.
'I'm promising to do my job well.'

Judge Gene Knize, 40th District Court, put his arm around his mother before raising his right hand for the oath.

'The last one she attended was 20 years ago today,' Knize said with a smile.

Those sworn in included Assistant County Auditors Matt Edington, Joslyn King, Linda Lake, Mary Bridges and Teral Crawford; County Auditor Mike Navarro; Constable Steve McKinney, pct. 4; Judge Linda Sibley, Justice of the Peace, pct. 4; Judge Curtis Polk, Justice of the Peace, pct. 3; Judge Jackie Miller, Jr., Justice of the Peace, pct. 2; Judge Bill Woody, Justice of the Peace, pct 1; Commissioner Ron Brown, pct. 4; Commissioner Bill Dodson, pct. 2; Treasurer Greg Wilhelm; County Clerk Cindy Polley; District Clerk Melanie Reed; Judge Bob Carroll, County Court at Law #1; Judge A. Gene Calvert, Jr., County Court at Law #2; County Judge Chad Adams; and Judge Gene Knize, 40th District Court

'Go and enjoy this day with your loved ones,' said Scoggins in closing.

'Tomorrow, your constituents are going to be calling you wanting to know why you haven't already done what you promised to do while you were running for office!'

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