Elected officials take oath and office

Jennifer Newton (left) was sworn in as Superior Court Judge on Thursday, Dec. 31, assisted by her children (from left) Ella Newton, Haley Newton and Zac Newton, as well as her husband, Chris Newton. She was sworn in by circuit court judge Davin Smith.
Jennifer Newton (left) was sworn in as Superior Court Judge on Thursday, Dec. 31, assisted by her children (from left) Ella Newton, Haley Newton and Zac Newton, as well as her husband, Chris Newton. She was sworn in by circuit court judge Davin Smith. Photo by Katelynn Farley.

Several elected officials were sworn in to their offices and titles on and before Thursday, Dec. 31.

Prior to the official swearing-in meeting, which occurred on the third floor of the Huntington County Courthouse on Dec. 31, three officials were sworn in. Officials included Shane Bickel, Huntington County Council At-Large, Terry Miller, Huntington County Council At-Large, and Brenda Hamilton, Huntington County Treasurer.

Hamilton was sworn in on Dec. 31, a few hours prior to the official ceremony. Bickel and Miller were sworn in prior to that.

The option of being sworn in before the official ceremony was offered because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Six others were sworn in on the third floor during the official ceremony. First, Jennifer Newton was sworn in as the Superior Court Judge.

Next was Terry Stoffel, sworn in as a Huntington County Commissioner.

Next in line was Rodney Jackson, who was sworn in as Huntington County Coroner. Phil Zahm was then sworn in as Deputy Coroner.

Tom Wall was then sworn in as a Huntington County Commissioner.

To wrap up, Cody Jones was sworn in as a Deputy Sheriff with the Huntington County Sheriff’s Department.

All who were sworn-in  are now serving in office.