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Lexington County elected officials sworn in Tuesday night


Lexington, SC (Paul Kirby) - Lexington County held its Oath of Office ceremony for recently elected officials Tuesday evening at 6 p.m. in the Dorothy K. Black Council Chambers on the second floor of the Lexington County Administration building on South Lake Drive in Lexington. The room was packed with the families, friends, well-wishers, the county’s leaders, as well as many of its employees as the officials raised their right hands while resting their left on a bible to take the oath.

The newly elected council members included newcomer Scotty R. Whetstone of District 1, which includes Pelion, Swansea, Gaston, Mack Edisto, and Sharpe’s Hill. Whetstone was flanked by his ever present son Tyler and his father and stepmom as he swore to protect the constitution of the state and the county.

Darrell Hudson, also a newcomer to politics and a well-known Lexington businessman, was sworn in as the County Councilmember for District 3, which includes much of Lexington and areas west of the town, around Lake Murray, toward the high school and out near I-20. He was surrounded by his wife Gay, and a huge family, all of whom had gathered for the auspicious occasion.

Incumbent Councilmember Debra B. Summers was again sworn in as the representative of County Council District 4. She will continue to represent the people of Oak Grove, some parts of West Columbia, and Springdale. She was flanked by her husband of many years, who has always been her strongest supporter, and some of her family as well.

Erin Long Bergeson, a resident of the northern portion of the county, will represent the people of County Council District 6, which includes Irmo, Chapin, and some parts of the Lexington area. She replaced former Councilmember Johnny Jeffcoat, who retired this year. She took the oath with her husband at her side.

In addition to the councilmembers, Bryan “Jay” Koon was sworn in for his first full term as Lexington County Sheriff. He had been serving the remaining term of former Sheriff James Metts, who retired after being indicted on federal criminal charges a few years ago.

Sheriff Koon had his wife Kim by his side and his teenage children held the bible. He was sworn in by Judge R. Knox McMahon of the 11th Judicial Circuit. McMahon gave the sheriff a firm handshake and then a warm embrace after the oath was taken. The pair have known each other professionally for many years and both garner tremendous respect from the citizens of Lexington County.

Lisa M. Comer was sworn in as the Lexington County Clerk of Court. She was elected to fill that post after the former clerk retired. Comer was surrounded by her family as well as she took the oath.

Margaret W. Fisher, Lexington County’s Coroner, was sworn in to a four-year term after handily repelling several challengers in the 2016 elections. She has proven herself especially popular and resilient, winning in a landslide during the primary and the general elections.

Fisher was flanked by her husband Clifford, a well-respected businessman, who also works as a reserve deputy with the Richland County Sheriff’s Department. The pair were surrounded by their large family that included a newborn grandchild and their children and the children’s spouses.

Newcomer Tina Guerry was sworn in as the Lexington County Register of Deeds, a spot left vacant after the last register retired. She is a resident of the Chapin area. She was joined by her husband and sons as she swore the oath.

Incumbent Councilmember Bobby C. Keisler of County Council District 5 was sworn in earlier in the week by South Congaree Municipal Judge Viola Boatwright at another location. Keisler could not attend the ceremony Tuesday night because his wife was ill and he was supporting her at home.

Todd Cullum, the council’s chairmen, called the entire council, as well as the other elected officials, to the front of the room after all had been sworn. He introduced them as “he brain trust” of the county and expressed his hopes that they could all work together to do what’s best for the citizens of the area.

Refreshments were provided by Belly’s BBQ immediately following the ceremony in the first floor lobby of the administration building after the official ceremony concluded.

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