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Rite of passage

New board of commissioners sworn into office

Times Observer photo by Josh Cotton Commissioner Tricia Durbin being sworn in by President Judge Maureen Skerda on Monday morning during a ceremony held at the Warren County Courthouse.

“It’s a 24/7 type of position.”

That was part of the President Judge Maureen Skerda’s message to the county’s new board of commissioners at a formal swearing-in that took place on Monday morning in the Main Courtroom at the Warren County Courthouse.

She thanked the new board — incumbents Ben Kafferlin and Jeff Eggleston and newcomer Tricia Durbin — and said that “public service is an honor and a calling.”

“We’re happy for your service within the county,” Skerda added, also thanking the families who support the officials.

She noted that the other county offices elected in November — as well as Forest County’s commissioners — were sworn in last week.

Durbin said she is “very excited to be here” and said the campaign was an “unbelievable ride.”

She added that she looks forward to serving the county, knows there is a steep learning curve and preemptively thanked those who will help her on that path.

Eggleston thanked everyone who helped him in the campaign.

“This has been a challenging year getting through this election,” he said. “For many of you, it took a lot of guts” to support him.

He thanked his family who “sacrificed an immense amount of time” and said, “I’m a very fortunate man.”

Eggleston also thanked his father — former Commissioner John Eggleston — “for giving me his office for a second term.”

He said he is “so excited about this team for this term” and credited the community through their votes for knowing “what’s at stake.”

Kafferlin thanked the Lord for an opportunity to serve another four years, as well as his parents and wife who have supported him in this process.

“I’m looking forward to working with you the next four years,” he said. “I’m truly honored by the faith the public put in us for voting for us.”

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