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Newly elected board of supervisors sworn in, meet in Hancock Co.

Hancock County leaders took the oath of office Monday morning on the steps of the courthouse in downtown Bay St. Louis. (Photo source: WLOX) Hancock County leaders took the oath of office Monday morning on the steps of the courthouse in downtown Bay St. Louis. (Photo source: WLOX)
This time around there are several new faces on the board of supervisors, including District 3 Supervisor Blaine LaFontaine, who was elected board president at Monday's meeting. (Photo source: WLOX) This time around there are several new faces on the board of supervisors, including District 3 Supervisor Blaine LaFontaine, who was elected board president at Monday's meeting. (Photo source: WLOX)
The new board's first meeting was packed with observers, as the county's budget was discussed.  (Photo source: WLOX) The new board's first meeting was packed with observers, as the county's budget was discussed. (Photo source: WLOX)
BAY ST. LOUIS, MS (WLOX) -

Excitement and a chill were in the air Monday morning as about a dozen elected officials were sworn in on the steps of the Hancock County Courthouse. Among those, four new supervisors; Greg Shaw, Scotty Adam, Darren "Bo" Ladner, and Blaine LaFontaine. 

"Well, I mean it's good, but it's challenging," said Jimmy Kendrick who represents a paving company from Columbia that's used to working with the board. He said working with a whole new set of faces will present a challenge for his company.

Ernie Knobloch, of Diamondhead, believes the challenge will actually lie with the supervisors themselves. "It will be quite a learning experience for some of the people who've not been involved," said Knobloch.

Once the officials were sworn in, it was straight to work for the board. The youngest supervisor, Blaine LaFontaine, was quickly elected president of the board. He seemed to fill the leadership role with confidence.

"I think there's been a lot of collaboration, a lot of detail, a lot of preparation. So, I believe it's going to require some patience," said LaFontaine.

Patience and hard work are traits that many of LaFontaine's supporters say he exhibits. Knobloch is a council member in the city of Diamondhead. LaFontaine was on the council with Knobloch before being elected supervisor.

"And you know, he always comes up with a reasonable solution. We didn't always agree, but it's fine, I have no problem with that," said Knobloch.

Another one of his supporters, Dianne Ackerman, said she felt a sense of pride seeing him sitting in his new leadership role.

"And we're looking forward to the hard work that he put in with the city to be transferred to the county," said Ackerman.

Greg Shaw, Scotty Adam, and Bo Ladner join LaFontaine on the board for the first time. Ackerman is excited about what this new leadership will bring to the table.

"So, we look forward to some new thoughts, some new processes, just a new look see at the county," said Ackerman.

The only veteran Hancock County Supervisor remaining is David Yarborough of District one.

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