The 9 a.m. ceremony opened with a greeting from Bradley County Mayor D. Gary Davis and a prayer for those who would take their respective oaths of office.
Chaplain William Lamb prayed for the officials to “lead with integrity and wisdom.”
After the Pledge of Allegiance, retiring 10th Judicial District Criminal Court Judge Carroll Ross presented the oaths to Judges Andrew Freiberg, Sandra Donaghy, Jerri Bryant, Larry Puckett, Michael Sharp and District Attorney General Steve Crump.
Freiberg is replacing the retiring Ross, and Donaghy won the election against outgoing Judge Amy Reedy.
Sharp then administered the oaths of office to Public Defender Richard Hughes, members of the County Commission, both past and present, as well as the incumbent county judges, Sheridan Randolph and Daniel Swafford.
Sharp also performed the ceremonies for Register of Deeds Dina Swafford, County Clerk Donna Alley Simpson, Circuit Court Clerk Gayla Miller, Trustee Mike Smith and Constable District 1 Garry D. Moore, as well as Davis.
Chancellor Jerri Bryant had requested to perform the oath of office for Knight, noting her historic status as the first woman to be elected to the road superintendent position.
Bryant was reportedly the first-elected female chancellor in the district.
Davis was tasked with swearing in the members of the Bradley County Commission, both incumbent and newly elected.
Terry Caywood and Mike Hughes represent District 1. Hughes was newly elected.
Representing District 2 are Louie Alford and newcomer Tom Crye. District 3 will be represented by two newcomers, Johnny Mull and Milan Blake.
Representing District 4 will be Howard Thompson and Charlotte Peak-Jones. Jones was sworn in earlier, due to a prior commitment. Jeff Yarber and newcomer Bobby Goins will represent District 5 while District 6 will have one incumbent and one new commissioner. Robert D. Rominger took the oath along with Daniel Rawls.
District 7 saw no change as incumbents Mark Hall and Bill Winters took their oaths.
On Sunday, remaining constables, sheriff’s deputies and Bradley County Sheriff-elect Eric Watson will be presented their oaths at North Cleveland Church of God during a ceremony set to begin at 4 p.m.