Gallery: County officials elected in November take oaths of office

Published 4:56 pm Friday, December 22, 2023

NATCHEZ — Sixteen officials who were elected or re-elected in the November general election were sworn in to office Friday morning at the Adams County Safe Room.

Those officials include Tim Cotton, new District Attorney for the Sixth Circuit District, and Travis Patten, who begins his third term as Adams County Sheriff.

Many officials brought up members of their families to stand with them while taking their oaths of office. Patten brought up the entire Adams County Sheriff’s Office to join him.

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County Attorney Scott Slover congratulated county officials on their new or continued opportunities. He told them each of their jobs come with pressure, but to embrace that pressure.

“You’ve earned that pressure. You’ve earned that pressure to make those tough decisions. Embrace that pressure because you’ve earned it,” Slover told each.

“If we look at all the collective wisdom of the people in this room, we can rely on that wisdom to make good decisions,” he said. “We have a diverse group of people here. We are all special, different, but we are all making the same commitment to make this county a little bit better every day, even though we come from different backgrounds,” he said.

Swearing-in duties were divided between Sixth Circuit District judges Debra Blackwell and Carmen Brooks Drake, Chancery Court judges E. Vincent Davis and George Ward, and Lillie Sanders, senior circuit judge.

Others who were sworn into office Friday included:

• Kevin Wilson, county supervisor for District 2

• Warren Gaines, county supervisor for District 5

• Angela Hutchins, county supervisor for District 3

• Ricky Gray, county supervisor for District 4

• Wes Middleton, county supervisor for District 1

• Constable Randy Freeman

• Constable Deselle Davis

• Justice Court Judge Danny Barber

• Justice Court Judge Audrey Minor

• County attorney Tony Heidelberg

• Circuit Clerk Eva Givens

• Chancery Clerk Brandi Lewis

• Tax Collector Terrance Bailey

• Tax Assessor Larry Hughes.

Slover closed with reading Philippians 4, verse 6, “Don’t worry about anything. Instead, pray about everything.”

“That’s part of appreciating that pressure. Don’t fear it. Pray about it. You’ve earned it. Make those decisions and do right,” he said.