New Commissioner Takes Oath

Commissioner Lee Jackson (center) takes his Oath from Resident Superior Court Judge Tom Lock (far right) as Jackson’s daughter, Sarah Ruth Jackson, holds the Bible. Mr. Jackson’s parents, Gene and Stella Jackson, (left) look on. Photo

About three dozen people attended the Oath of Office Ceremony today (Monday) at the Johnston County Courthouse in Smithfield for Lee Jackson who was sworn in to the Johnston County Board of Commissioners.

Jackson was selected in November from among 4 candidates who had applied for the vacant District 6 seat following the surprise resignation of Commissioner Keith Branch, who stepped down in September just 9 months into his four year term.

“Thank you to all my family, friends, honored guests and citizens of Johnston County for putting me in this position. It is an exciting time to be in Johnston County. I look forward to serving and I appreciate each of you being here today,” Jackson told those who had gathered in the old Superior courtroom.

Jackson thanked the previous leaders of Johnston County for leading us to where we are today and said the board must set forth a new vision for the next generation.

Superior Court Judge Tom Lock administered the Oath to Mr. Jackson.  Afterwards, Judge Lock told Jackson, “Often it is a thankless job. I appreciate your willingness to service.”

Reverend Joyce A. Brown of Raleigh gave the invocation.

Among the dignitaries present were Commissioners Jeff Carver, Ted Godwin, Cookie Pope, Allen Mims, Larry Wood, and Chad Stewart, Sheriff Steve Bizzell, Clerk of Court Michelle Ball, former Clerk of Court Will Crocker, Register of Deeds Craig Olive, Retired NC Representative Leo Daughtry, Economic Development Director Chris Johnson, and Susan Watson from the Princeton Town Council.