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Jackson County officials take the oath of office

Dozens of elected officials took the oath of office Friday to faithfully serve the people of Jackson County. The ceremony was a mixture of new and familiar faces. (Photo source: WLOX) Dozens of elected officials took the oath of office Friday to faithfully serve the people of Jackson County. The ceremony was a mixture of new and familiar faces. (Photo source: WLOX)
JACKSON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) -

Dozens of elected officials took the oath of office Friday to faithfully serve the people of Jackson County. The ceremony was a mixture of new and familiar faces. 

It's an oath of office Justice Court Judge Ennis Millender, Sr. has taken many times, and he takes every word to heart.   

"When I was elected 33 years ago, I made one promise," said Judge Millender. "That promise was that I would be fair and impartial to all who come before me, and I've tried to live up to that promise."

People packed into the Jackson County Courthouse to watch the district attorney, the sheriff, the public defender, and many others pledge to uphold the public's trust. Also sworn in were two new new county supervisors who talked about what led them to seek public office. 

"The hospital, obviously, is in everyone's mind," newly elected District 3 Supervisor Ken Taylor said. "Overall, I want to see the the citizens come together more in unity in our county and become more oriented towards just doing the right thing."

"There's the ongoing hospital retirement situation," said newly elected District 5 Supervisor Randy Bosarge. "I do want to work on getting that resolved as quickly as possible. Then this new one with the proposed lakes in George County. I really want to get that resolved and get us out of that right after the first of the year hopefully."

Officials said they know there's a lot of hard work ahead.

"It's mind boggling the significance of being an elected official," Taylor said. "The responsibility that you have. The trust of the people. We're going to do our best to prove that they've made good decisions in electing this board of supervisors." 

Those who were sworn in will officially take office January 4, 2016.

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