The Jernigan Building was filled to capacity Tuesday night for the swearing in ceremony of elected officials in Selma.
Mayor Cheryl Oliver, who won reelection in November, was sworn in by Johnston County Clerk of Court Michelle Ball. After receiving her oath Mayor Oliver said, “I am very very excited about the years ahead… and believe in the next decade we will see a transformed Selma.”
Newly elected town councilman Mark A. Petersen received his oath of office from retired Superior Court Judge Knox Jenkins. Tuesday also happened to be Judge Jenkins birthday. Petersen replaces Councilman Eric Sellers who did not seek re-election. Petersen thanked Sellers for a “phenomenal job” and thanked those who voted for him in November. For those who did not vote for Petersen he said he hopes to earn their trust.
Councilman Tommy Holmes was sworn in for his second four-year term by Clerk of Court Michelle Ball. Holmes said, “I’ll stand up and be a voice for the citizens of Selma.”
In a unanimous vote, the board reappointed Jackie Lacy as mayor pro tem. Brenda Thorne was also appointed interim town clerk. Both Lacy and Thorne received their oaths from Mrs. Ball.