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Elected officials promise to serve Dawson County during swearing-in ceremony
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Probate Judge Jennifer Burt administers an oath to Board of Education District 3 member Karen Armstrong, Dawson County District 1 Commissioner Sharon Fausett and Dawson County District 3 Commissioner Tim Satterfield on Dec. 27. - photo by Allie Dean

Two returning elected officials and one new to the political arena were sworn in Thursday morning at the Dawson County Government Center.

One by one the newly elected officials placed their hands on the Bible and swore an oath to faithfully serve the citizens of Dawson County.

Probate Judge Jennifer Burt presided over the swearing-in ceremony of Dawson County Board of Commission members Sharon Fausett and Tim Satterfield as well as Dawson County Board of Education member Karen Armstrong.

The current school board chair, Armstrong is returning for a second term in the District 3 seat after running against Joe Stapp in the primaries.

“Karen we look forward what you have to offer us on the school board; you’ve done a fantastic job. Our school board, we couldn’t ask for any better,” Burt said.

At-large school board member Will Wade was sworn in prior to the ceremony. He has served in the same position since 2004 and ran unopposed this year.

Fausett is returning to the commission for her second consecutive term representing District 1 after running unopposed.

Satterfield is joining the board for his first term as District 3 commissioner. He also ran unopposed.

“We’re all excited about a great year ahead. Dawson County is my heart, it’s a place that everybody loves to work and to live I believe,” Burt said. “I know everybody in this room has a heart for Dawson County that will be sworn in here today.”

The officials began their terms Jan. 1.

Burt also recognized Jimmy Hamby, who served on the board in the District 3 seat for eight years, as well as current Chairman Billy Thurmond, District 2 Commissioner Chris Gaines and District 4 Commissioner Julie Hughes Nix, who serve staggered terms.

Burt herself is serving a sixth term, and has been serving Dawson County as probate judge for almost 25 years.