Winners of the November municipal elections were sworn in to office in King, Walnut Cove and Danbury over the past week.
In King, newly elected Councilman Rick McCraw joined incumbents Councilman Brian Carico and Mayor Jack Warren in taking the oath of office.
“I am very honored to be up here with you guys and am looking forward to serving the city,” McCraw said.
The council also took time to honor outgoing Mayor Pro Tempore Dillard Burnette with a plaque and a standing ovation for his 12 years of service to the city.
“He has done an excellent job,” said Warren. “He is going to tell you what it is whether you want to hear it or not. He says what is on his mind and he gets his point across. He has never votes in a way he did not think would be beneficial for the City of King. The citizens of this city do not really know what they had.”
City Manager Homer Dearmin noted that Burnette had been influential in his service on the Piedmont Triad Regional Council.
Burnette said he was proud of his work in combining the regional council and noted he was glad McCraw would be taking his seat on the city council.
“I am leaving my seat in good hands,” he said.
The council unanimously agreed to select Councilman Wesley Carter, who was not present at Monday’s meeting, to serve as Mayor Pro Tempore and to select McCraw to serve on the Piedmont Triad Regional Council.
On Tuesday, Walnut Cove held its swearing in ceremony for newly elected town Commissioners Charles Mitchell and Danny Hairston as well as returning Mayor Lynn Lewis. Stokes County District Court Judge Spencer Kay performed the ceremony.
Commissioner Elwood Mabe was also sworn in to fill the unexpired term of former Commissioner Natalie Smiley. Mabe was appointed to fill the seat in November after Mabe got the third highest vote count in the municipal elections.
Lewis presented a plaque to outgoing Commissioner Kim Lewis, thanking her for her service to the town.
“No body knows how much you put yourself out there until you are up here doing this job,” said Mayor Lewis. “I appreciate all of your dedication and all of your time.”
Last week, newly re-elected Danbury council members Steve Shelton and Gary East as were sworn in to office by Dianne Starnes. Re-elected Mayor Janet Witt was not at the meeting but was expected to be sworn into office this week.
Nicholas Elmes may be reached at 336-591-8191 or on Twitter @NicholasElmes.