Ronald Johnson Takes Oath Of Office Early

SMITHFIELD- Johnston County school board member Ronald Johnson took his oath of office for a second term this morning (Tuesday) at the Johnston County Courthouse in Smithfield.

Chief Resident Superior Court Judge Tom Lock administered the Oath during the 11:30am ceremony.  Present at the swearing-in were his wife, Jami Johnson, former school board candidate Terry Tippett and former students Nayell Martinez, Tyrese Merrill and Gunnar Parrish.

Three other school board candidates will receive their oaths at 3:00pm today. They include incumbent Mike Wooten and two new members Kay Carroll and Lyn Andrews.

A spokesperson for Johnston County Public Schools said Mr. Johnson would not be attending the 3:00pm swearing-in due to a scheduling conflict.

Johnson said that was not correct.  “Simply, I would rather be sworn in with my students and family present. There’s no schedule conflict. These people are my priority and I trust them therefore I wanted to be sworn in with them in attendance.”

Due to COVID restrictions, the swearing in ceremony this afternoon is limited to 10 people. The media was also told not to attend the event due to COVID restrictions.