Several elected and appointed Long County officials were sworn into their positions Dec. 18 at the Long County Courthouse. Atlantic Judicial Circuit Judge Paul Rose and Long County Chief Magistrate and Probate Judge Marie Middleton administered the oaths of office. Rose swore in Middleton, who was re-elected to a four-year term.
Middleton swore in Sheriff Craig Nobles. He has served as sheriff since he was appointed to the position following the Jan. 9 death of his father, Cecil Nobles. Middleton also swore in Becky Fowler, who was re-elected as county tax commissioner, and Sherry M. Long, who was elected as county Superior Court clerk.
Tonda L. Bierly and Terri L. Middleton were sworn in as magistrates. Jeffery Arnold, who was elected as state-court judge, and Emmitt Patterson, who was re-elected as coroner, were unable to attend the ceremony.
Arnold, who ran unopposed, served as the state judge after being appointed to the position following Judge Richard Phillips’ death Feb. 25. Arnold was sworn in later last week at the courthouse.