This week, like many other counties in the area, Barbour County swore in its newly elected officers at a ceremony in Philippi.
Family and friends of newly elected county officials gathered in Philippi to watch their loved ones take the oath of office after the November elections. The swearing-in happens after each election, whether a person is serving a first term or has been re-elected. Barbour County Commissioner Phil Hart was re-elected this year, and said he enjoys being a part of the ceremony.
"It's an honor and a privilege to be here with the other elected officials, brings a family atmosphere and teamwork together, knowing that everyone's here together on the same level ground," Hart said.
As part of the ceremony, Judge Alan Moats and each elected official sign a paper with their oaths of office. The officials then swear to support the Constitutions of the state and the country. Moats said the ceremony also allows the public to see their new officers.
"Here in this county, as in most counties, all the elected officials work well together and they do here. And it's just a good time and a good ceremony, and it's a very worthwhile opportunity to recognize the new elected officials," Moats said.
As for Hart, he said he's looking forward to serving another term as county commissioner, despite the challenges that face him and the county.
"We do survive, and I just like representing the small people and working for them to make Barbour County recognized as a better, safer place to live," Hart said.
Most people elected to an office in November will begin their terms on January 1.