Swearing In, Sending Off

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City Council takes oaths of office as county says goodbye to officials

By Stephen Lega

The new Lebanon City Council was sworn into office on New Year's Day.


Lebanon Mayor Gary Crenshaw administered the oath of office.

Denise Fogle, Kenny Marrett, Kate Palagi and Jim Richardson renewed their oaths after winning re-election in November. 

Jerry Abell returned to the council. Abell stepped down from the council in 2008 to run for mayor.

Abell is facing charges of alcohol intoxication in a public place, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest stemming from a Nov. 27 incident near his daughter's residence. Abell has entered a plea of not guilty to the charges.

Jay Grundy, a newcomer to the council, was also sworn in Saturday morning.

Bill Pickerill did not seek re-election, and Elizabeth Ann Osbourne was not re-elected.


Send-off held for county officials

Citizens, staff and local officials said goodbye to a pair of long-serving public officials Dec. 29 at the David R. Hourigan Government Center.

A reception was held in honor of outgoing Marion County Sheriff Carroll Kirkland and outgoing Public Valuation Administrator William Scott.

"The shoes they leave to fill are very large," Marion County Judge/Executive John G. Mattingly said.

Both were presented with plaques commemorating their years of service to the county.

Scott served as state representative from 1994 to 2002. In 2002, he became the county PVA. He thanked the voters for allowing him to serve them.

"I've enjoyed it. I've loved it," Scott said.

Terry "Catfish" Rakes was sworn in as the new county PVA in December.

Kirkland has worked for the county since 1981, when he was named the chief deputy in the sheriff's department. He was first appointed sheriff in 1996.

"It's been a privilege and an honor to serve the people of Marion County," Kirkland said.

 Kirkland also wished good luck to new sheriff Jimmy Clements, who defeated Kirkland in the May primary election.