Guilford County staff is getting things ready for a huge day on Monday, Dec. 3 when newly elected officials will be sworn in in Greensboro and High Point – and the Guilford County Board of Commissioners will elect a new chairman.
At 10 a.m., six incumbent Guilford County Commissioners will be sworn back into office at the Old Guilford County Court House in Greensboro and, three hours later, Sheriff-elect Danny Rogers and some of his staff will take the oath of office in the Guilford County Courthouse – High Point.
The ceremonies are always nicely orchestrated and very solemn and they are followed by refreshments.
In the ceremony in Greensboro, Commissioner Carolyn Coleman will get administered her oath of office by Guilford County District Court Judge Teresa Vincent, while Commissioner Carlvena Foster will be sworn in by District Court Judge Tonia Cutchin. Commissioner Kay Cashion will be sworn in by Guilford County Chief District Court Judge Tom Jarrell.
As for the three men returning to the board, Commissioner Skip Alston will be sworn in by Guilford County Superior Court Judge Lora Cubbage; Justin Conrad – who’ll be the next chairman of the Board of Commissioners if he decides he wants the job – will be given the oath of office by Guilford County District Court Judge Jon Kreider, as will Commissioner Alan Perdue.
Retired Chief Justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court Henry Frye will deliver the oath of office to Rogers at 1 p.m. Monday in the Washington Courtroom of the High Point courthouse.
Guilford County Clerk to the Board Robin Keller said that staff had been very busy making arrangements for the two ceremonies this week. She said there should be plenty of room at the Greensboro ceremony for those who want to attend, but the county has been taking names of those who wish to see Rogers sworn in since there’s much less available space in the High Point venue.
“It’s going to be packed,” she said of Roger’s event.
Other than overseeing the two ceremonies, Monday will be a big day for Keller in another way: It’s the only time each year when she gets to be in charge of the entire board and run the meeting. That’s because she takes over those duties every year before a new chairman is elected. For every other moment of the year, Keller is working for the board rather than telling them what to do.