Surrounded by family, colleagues, and friends, several Whitley County judicial officers were sworn into office on December 29, ahead of the new year.
As several people filed into the Whitley County Circuit Courtroom, Thursday afternoon began with Judge Dan Ballou administering the oath of office to Judge-Executive Pat White Jr. and Whitley County Magistrates, County Clerk Carolyn Willis, County Attorney Bob Hammons, and his Assistant Attorneys, newly elected Whitley County Jailer Jason Wilson and his deputy jailers, and District Judge White.
Then, a formal ceremony inside the District Courtroom at 2 p.m., where Kentucky Supreme Court Deputy Chief Justice, Debra Hembree Lambdin, led District Judge Cathy Prewitt in the oath of office.
Lambert shared words of support for Prewitt, saying, “Though I swear a lot of people in, I don’t think I’ve sworn one in with Judge Prewitt’s level of passion for helping the young people, as she has helped in our home area.” She added, “I’m very proud to be here today, to offer her the oath of office and challenge her to continue her good work and keep up the passion, as the years go on, it’s not that easy to keep up with that passion – but it is for her!”
A reception with cake and refreshments was held in the Jury Room following the ceremony.
The new term for the elected judicial officers will begin January 2, 2023.
Samantha Walden, Staff Writer at The Kentucky Daily