Judges, sheriffs to be sworn in this weekend
by GREG KAYLOR Banner Staff Writer
Aug 28, 2014 | 1408 views | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend | print

The Bradley County Bar Association announced that local judges will be sworn into office Friday morning. Sheriff-elect Eric Watson will be sworn in Sunday.

The judges’ event will take place at the Bradley County Courthouse at 9 a.m., according to Circuit Court Judge Michael Sharp’s Office.

Following the Bradley County event, judges in the circuit will also be sworn in at the McMinn County and Monroe County courthouses and the Polk County Justice Center.

Among those taking oaths will be Sandra Donaghy, who won the seat in the 10th Judicial District Criminal Court race; Andrew Freiberg for the Part III District 10 which will be vacated by retiring Judge Carroll Ross; Part I Circuit Court Judge Larry Puckett; Sharp, who holds the Part II District 10 bench; Jerri Bryant, chancellor for District 10; and General Sessions Judge Sheridan Randolph.

Donaghy and Freiberg are newcomers to their respective courts, while the others listed are incumbents who will repeat their oaths of office.

On Saturday, Sheriff-elect Steve Ross will take the Polk County Sheriff’s Office oath at the Polk County Justice Center at 3 p.m.

On Sunday at 4 p.m., Watson and his entire staff will take their oaths of office. The swearing-in will be held at North Cleveland Church of God.

Danny Murray and the Voices of Lee will provide music and Mark Gwyn, director of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, will be the keynote speaker for the ceremony.

Former sheriffs of Bradley County are scheduled to present the charges of the office to Watson and his leadership team as well as deputies.

Constables will also recite their oaths of office.

A reception is planned after the oaths of office are given.

Watson will officially begin his job as sheriff at midnight Sunday, as will all judges and constables.