Jones, other Camden officials, take oaths of office
By Jon Hawley
Monday, December 3, 2018
CAMDEN — Kevin Jones began his first day as sheriff of Camden County on Monday following a swearing-in ceremony that also marked new terms for two county commissioners and three school board members.
Surrounded by his family, Jones took the oath of office to become sheriff, succeeding Rodney Meads as the county's top lawman. The oath of office was administered by District Court Judge Eula Reid.
Jones, a retired state highway patrolman and Republican, defeated Democrat Rick Trevena for the sheriff’s job in last month's election. Jones also defeated Meads, who had been appointed to serve as sheriff after long-time sheriff Tony Perry retired in March, in the Republican primary in May. Jones said previously that he planned to name Meads his chief deputy.
Jones did not give extended remarks Monday, but has said his goals as sheriff include restructuring the sheriff's office, deploying more deputies to problem areas, and providing more community-oriented law enforcement.
Reid also swore in Commissioners Tom White and Clayton Riggs, Republicans who won re-election last month without opposition. Riggs had been chairman and White had been vice chairman. Commissioners unanimously voted to make White the new chairman and Riggs the vice chairman.
White thanked commissioners for the “vote of confidence” in him, and he also thanked Riggs for serving as chairman for the last two years, noting the position requires extra work and preparation for meetings.
“You noticed I gave that job up kicking and screaming,” Riggs joked back.
Reid also swore in Board of Education members Jason Banks, Whitney “Sissy” Aydlett and Chris Purcell. Banks and Aydlett are returning to the board for second four-year terms, while Purcell is starting his first term. The three school board members were the top vote-getters of six candidates, defeating Eleanora Doane-Butts, Roger Morgan and Tiffany Riggs Bounds in the Nov. 6 election.
The Camden Board of Education held its organizational meeting Monday morning, unanimously electing Christian Overton as chairman for a third consecutive year. Overton has served on the board since 2008. The board also elected Banks as vice chairman.
Various other Camden officials also took their oaths of office Monday, including Clerk of Court Paula Harrison who ran unopposed in last month’s election.