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County officials take oath
Eight sworn into office
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County Mayor Mike Foster is shown here swearing in constables (from left) Carl Lee Webb, Paul Cantrell, Wayne Vanderpool, Mark Milam and Johnny King. Foster also administered the oath of office to two school board members and the new property assessor Friday. - photo by Photo by: Reed Vanderpool
County Mayor Mike Foster administered the oath of office to five constables, two school-board members and the new property assessor Friday at the DeKalb County Courthouse.Scott Cantrell, who officially began his term as Assessor of Property on Sept. 1, takes over from Timothy (Fud) Banks, who served four terms in the office.He reportedly plans to keep the staff at the assessor’s office, which includes Pamela Hale, Kenneth Pinegar, and Jarrod Dodd, when he takes over.Cantrell defeated Banks in the March Democratic Primary.Cantrell won the Democratic nomination over Banks by earning 61.32 percent of the ballot with 764 votes.Cantrell then faced Republican nominee Mason Carter in the August general election, where he garnered 62.9 percent of the vote to win the assessor’s seat.Voters cast 1,506 ballots in Cantrell’s favor in the August election, while Carter took 36.9 percent of the electorate with 884 votesOf the two school board members sworn in by the mayor, long-time 5th District board member W.J. (Dub) Evins, III, will begin begin a new term after defeating Kevin Hale with 55.8 percent of the vote in August.Doug Stephens, who took the oath in a separate ceremony Friday afternoon, received 173 complimentary votes in his unopposed bid for the 6th District school board seat.The five constables, who all ran unnopposed in August, are Wayne Vanderpool, who earned 232 votes in the 3rd District race, Paul Cantrell, who clinched the 4th District constable race with 235 complimentary votes, Mark Milam, who received 307 complimentary votes in the 5th District, Carl Lee Webb, who garnered 189 votes in the 6th District, and Johnny King, who took the 7th District constable seat with 186 complimentary votes.