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With family members, friends, staff members and supporters looking on, Sedgwick County sheriff Jeff Easter took the oath of office Sunday to officially begin his 4-year term. Other county elected officials were sworn in during a ceremony at the county courthouse.
Easter has been serving as the interim sheriff since the retirement of Bob Hinshaw in mid-December. He says he has 4 years to prove why the citizens voted for him, and he says the citizens and the staff in the sheriff's department will help him "toe the line." Easter says "we work for the citizens of Sedgwick County, period."
County commissioners Tim Norton and Karl Peterjohn were also sworn in during the ceremony. Norton says issues affecting children will be an important part of his agenda over the next 4 years, and he wants to work for the creation of a new facility for the Child Advocacy Center. Peterjohn quoted from inaugural addresses of Presidents Grover Cleveland, Ronald Reagan, John F. Kennedy and Dwight Eisenhower, calling for responsible government and the preservation of freedom.
Also taking the oath of office on Sunday were county clerk Kelly Arnold, treasurer Linda Kizzire, and register of deeds Bill Meek, after winning new terms in the 2012 elections.
Sedgwick County's new district attorney, Marc Bennett, will be sworn in Monday morning at 8:30 in an 8th floor courtroom at the courthouse.
(in photo at left, register of deeds Bill Meek (left edge of photo), county clerk Kelly Arnold, sheriff Jeff Easter, and county commissioners Karl Peterjohn and Tim Norton greet supporters at the swearing-in ceremony)