Judges, circuit clerk take oath of office
by James Phillips
Jan 16, 2013 | 2237 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Surrounded by members of his family, newly-elected District Judge Greg Williams was sworn in by Circuit Judge Jerry Selman Tuesday. Photo by: James Phillips
Surrounded by members of his family, newly-elected District Judge Greg Williams was sworn in by Circuit Judge Jerry Selman Tuesday. Photo by: James Phillips
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Three area judges and the county’s circuit clerk were sworn in Tuesday morning during a ceremony at the Walker County Courthouse.

Circuit Judge Jerry Selman administered the oaths of office to newly-elected District Judge Greg Williams, re-elected circuit judges Hoyt Elliott and Doug Farris and Circuit Clerk Susan Odom.

“It is my priviledge to be serving with these men,” Selman said before swearing in the group. “This is the finest group of judges that I’ve seen in my entire life.”

Williams will be entering his first term as district judge. He said he is looking forward to the opportunity to serve the county. The county’s other district judge is Henry Allred, who also attended Tuesday’s ceremony.

“I’m honored to be working with four gentlemen that I hold in great esteem,” Williams said. “I’ve practiced with, against or in front of each of them.”

Elliott, who is starting his second term as circuit judge, said he expects the group of judges will work together to continue to improve the county’s court system.

“It’s always an exciting time when you start a new term,” Elliott said. “I believe we can work together to make our court system one that is fair and efficient.”

Also entering his second term, Farris said he will continue to work hard for the county’s residents.

“I’m thankful the people in Walker County have confidence in me, and I pledge to continue the work that I’ve started in my first term,” he said.

Odom said she is excited to begin her second term as circuit clerk.

“I have worked in the circuit clerk’s office for 23 years, serving Walker County for the last six years as circuit clerk,” she said. “I am very optimistic about the next six years, and I pledge to the great citizens of this county that I will work everyday to continue to improve and provide to them a circuit clerk’s office they will be proud of.”

Each of the officials sworn-in Tuesday will serve six year terms.