By Alex Haglund
Newly elected and reelected Washington County office holders met at the Judicial Center in Nashville and were sworn in on the morning of Thursday, December 1.
“Your fellow residents in this county have spoken by electing you to serve and represent them,” said Judge Dan Emge, of the 20th Circuit Court and resident judge in Washington County, before he began to swear the office holders in.
Being sworn in were the newly elected Washington County State’s Attorney Dan Bronke, and Washington County Board members Dennis Shemonic and Larry Unverfehrt.
Reelected office holders who were sworn in included Washington County Circuit Clerk Cynthia Barczewski, Coroner Mark Styninger and board members David Ibendahl, Eric Brammeier, Victor Shubert, Leo Barczewski and Paul Todd. Kate Muenter was also reelected to the county board but was not present Thursday.
“Being selected to serve your fellow residents is an immense honor and at the same time, an extraordinary responsibility to undertake,” Emge went on. “The performance of your elected duties will not always be easy: sometimes these duties will make you work long hours; sometimes these duties will require you to make an unpopular or unpleasant decision.”
For the oath that the office holders were sworn in with, Emge asked them to uphold the United States and Illinois Constitutions and to discharge the duties of the offices they were taking up to the best of their abilities.
“In being an elected official, you have the ability to serve your fellow residents in a way that no one else can– you have the ability to help them,” Emge stated. “This county is currently admired by many residents of surrounding counties for many reasons. You, as elected officials, have the ability to determine that status the future.”