County officials take their oaths of office

Dorchester Banner/Dave Ryan Sheriff James W. Phillips Jr., center, gathered with his deputies before swearing-in ceremonies Friday at the Circuit Court in Cambridge.

Dorchester Banner/Dave Ryan
Sheriff James W. Phillips Jr., center, gathered with his deputies before swearing-in ceremonies Friday at the Circuit Court in Cambridge.

CAMBRIDGE – Three winners in the recent elections were sworn into office on Friday in ceremonies at Circuit Court. The Honorable Brett W. Wilson presided.

“This process does represent one of the successful aspects of our system,” Judge Wilson said. “That is, the peaceful passage of authority.”
Speaking to a room filled with the staffs of the officeholders, family members and colleagues, he added, “Never forget the men and women who gave their lives to maintain this benefit.”

Clerk of Court Amy Craig raised her hand first, so she could administer the oath to others. She was followed by Sheriff James W. Phillips Jr., who swore to do his duty as his family stood at his side. “They are my rock,” the sheriff told the assembly. Then Register of Wills Doris Keene Lewis took her oath, completing the process for elected officials.

Fifteen Clerk’s Office deputy clerks stood as a group to make their pledges, read by Ms. Craig. Then Chief Deputy to the Register of Wills Theresa D. Wheatley and Deputy Register of Wills Roxanne B. Snelling were sworn in.

Chief Deputy of the Sheriff’s Office John Robert Stitchberry Jr. took his oath with his wife Dorothy beside him. Then it was the turn of all the sheriff’s deputies to stand and be sworn in. The process ended with the deputies lining up to sign the test book, exchange salutes with Sheriff Phillips, and shake his hand.

Dave Ryan is editor of the Dorchester Banner. He can be reached at dryan@newszap.com.

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