Hartin, King sworn in on Commission

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, November 9, 2004

Jerry Hartin and Glenn King took their place Tuesday morning on the Butler County Commission; replace William Phillips and Gary Hanks.

They join returning commissioners Jesse McWilliams, Daniel Robinson and Frank Hickman. Judge MacDonald Russell swore in each commissioner

Commission Chairman Jesse McWilliams led the commission saying he was very excited about the possibilities of the next four years.

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&uot;I am looking forward to what is going to happen over the next four years and am excited to be a part of it,&uot; McWilliams said. &uot;We are at an important time for Butler County. We are growing and we have good people elected. Support these people. Today will be a fun day, but after today it will get serious.&uot;

McWilliams let the newcomers know the veterans are in their corner.

&uot;To our new commissioners, we support you,&uot; McWilliams said. &uot;We are going to be there for you and we know you will be there for us.&uot;

District Four Commissioner Robinson said he was very grateful for the opportunity to serve the people of his district once again. This term will be Robinsons third.

&uot;I thank God for the opportunity to serve District Four once again,&uot; Robinson said. &uot;Once I got elected I tried to just do the job I was elected to do. It is nice to know that I am helping someone and doing the best I can.&uot;

The third veteran to the commission, Frank Hickman, said he was also glad to make a return. Hickman said he would miss the two outgoing commissioners, but looks forward to working with the new leaders.

&uot;William and Gary were friends of mine for the last few years and I think they served well in their positions,&uot; Hickman said. &uot;At the same time I look forward to working with the new members.&uot;

Hickman said he was very passionate about public service and hoped to serve District 3 well.

&uot;Public service has been a part of my life since I have been on this Earth,&uot; Hickman said. &uot;The opportunity to serve is very important to me. I enjoy it. I have truthfully enjoyed it more than I though I would.&uot;

Both new commissioners also took the time to address the over flow crowd and let them know they were ready to go to bat for them.

New District 1 Commissioner Hartin said he was grateful for all the support given to him throughout his campaign and election.

&uot;I want to thank each and every one of you who helped to support me,&uot; Hartin said. &uot;There are a lot of you here that did and I just want to say that I am going to work to the best of my abilities for Butler County.&uot;

Hartin added he was eager to work with the other commissioners and learn on the job.

&uot;I look forward to working with all the commissioners here,&uot; Hartin said. &uot;Mr. King is new also and it will be a learning process for both of us. We hope to perform to the best of out abilities and get the job done.&uot;

King said he was glad the election process was over and the installations had taken place. He was equally eager to get to work for the people of his district.

&uot;Now we can get down to work for the county,&uot; King said. &uot;There is only so much we can do with the funding we are given. What I do tell people is that I will look out for their economic interest. I will do the best I can to work with the other commissioners to have harmony on the commission.&uot;