It was a cold start to the New Year, but inside the Clay County Annex, there were only warm words of encouragement and cooperation among the elected officials.
Residents gathered in the courthouse annex in Henrietta to welcome the elected officials that will be leading the county into the next 4 years, including a new county judge.
In Clay County, incumbents still hold most of the offices, but the top post is now held by a new politician, former Texoma Country Morning Co-host Mike Campbell.
“We’ve got several projects we are concerned about, widening 82, we need to work on the roof for the courthouse, we wanna make sure that’s done we are working on getting some grants to make that happen,” Campbell said.
Campbell knows one issue he may face as county judge is the controversy over more wind farms, some of which could threaten Sheppard Air Force Base training flights.
“I’m a firm believer in private property rights, if you own some property then you ought to be able to decide what to do with it, but on the other hand if it hurts those around you, you might want to reconsider,” Campbell said.
Also sworn in, is another newcomer on commissioners court, Chase Broussard commissioner for precinct four.
He says not many big changes will be made, to begin with, however residents deserve and should expect improvements over time.
“Most residents are concerned about the roads,” Broussard said. “They drive on them every day and so I’m gonna take that as the top priority.”
And most residents seem willing to give their elected representatives the chance to prove voters made the right choices.
“I trust these and I trust their judgment and the success that they will have in the office and the things that they will bring to us as a community and so I’m looking forward to seeing what they are going to do,” Jimmy Moses said.
And whether these officials meet the expectations will again be left to the voters in another 4 years.
A total of 7 elected officials were sworn in, in Clay County, Tuesday morning.