Clay County officials elected in the Nov. 6 general elections began new terms with a swearing in ceremony at the courthouse annex Tuesday, Jan. 1. Following the ceremony, commissioners met to approve bonds required by the state for office holders.
Jack McGaughey, newly elected 97th District Judge, conducted the ceremony. McGaughey and 97th District Attorney Paige Williams were sworn in at a ceremony in Montague County.
Serving their first term are Tax Assessor-Collector Maibel Longoria and Constable Ronnie Pullin. County Attorney Seth Slagle also won his first election after serving two years in the position by appointment. Sheriff Kenny Lemons and Precinct 3 Commissioner John McGregor was sworn in for a second term, while Precinct 1 Commissioner Lindy Choate will serve his fifth term.
While commissioners were approving bonds, Lemons swore in sheriff deputies and other officers of the CCSO.
On Friday, Dec. 28, a retirement party was held for outgoing Tax Assessor-Collector Linda Sellers and Constable Toby Davis.