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Mon, Sept. 23

New supervisors, 7 others sworn in

The two new members of the Mohave County Board of Supervisors and seven re-elected officials took oaths of office Tuesday during a swearing-in ceremony in Superior Court in Kingman.

Pete Byers of District 1 and Tom Sockwell of District 2 were sworn in by Presiding Judge Gary Pope during a ceremony that lasted about 30 minutes and was attended by more than 80 people in a third-floor courtroom.

District 3 Supervisor Buster Johnson, the only member of the board to run for re-election, was sworn in during a separate ceremony Tuesday in Lake Havasu City.

"I'm excited about taking over my new position and moving into my office (Tuesday)," Byers said during a reception on the second floor after the ceremony.

"And I'm looking forward to the challenges ahead," Byers said.

"I'm planning to stay in touch with all the people."

Byers said several relatives drove from Phoenix to attend.

The Kingman real estate agent defeated two candidates during the Republican primary Sept.

12 and beat Kingman Democrat John Collins during the general election Nov.

7.

Sockwell, a Bullhead City resident who is retired from the aerospace field, prevailed over two candidates during the Republican primary and beat Democrat Jim Jones of Fort Mojave in the general election.

However, Sockwell was not declared the winner until Elections Director Brad Nelson counted additional ballots a week later.

Sockwell replaces Jim Zaborsky, and Byers takes over the job formerly held by Carol Anderson.

Besides swearing in Sockwell and Byers, Pope also administered oaths of office to five Republicans who defeated Republican challengers in the primary and faced no Democratic candidates on Nov.

7 and two Republicans who ran unopposed in the primary as well.

They are Assessor Beverly Payne, County Attorney Bill Ekstrom (unopposed), Recorder Joan McCall, School Superintendent Mike File, Sheriff Tom Sheahan, Superior Court Judge Robert Moon (unopposed) of Division 5 and Treasurer Dora Goodmiller.

"This is a special day," Pope said.

"I have been here 24 years and have seen a lot of people come and go."

Court Administrator Rick Lewis commented, "I would like to congratulate all the elected officials, and look forward to working with you for the next four years."

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