LAUREL, MS (WDAM) - The Jones County Court House was standing room only as several government officials and workers were sworn into position for the new year.
County Supervisors Johnny Burnett, Danny Spradley, Barry Saul and Andy Dial all took the oath of office. Circuit Court Judge's Billy Joe Landrum, Gaylon Harper, and Frank McKensie alternated administrating the oath of office at the ceremony.
Other notable officials being sworn in were Chancery Clerk Larry Ishee, Sheriff Alex Hodge, District Attorney Anthony Buckley, and new school superintendent Tommy Parker who is replacing retiring superintendent Steve Thrash.
Parker says working out ways to provide an adequate education on a shrinking budget will be the districts biggest challenge.
"Right now we are not sure what amount of money we will have to educate the students, buy the supplies, and hire the personnel to meet the needs," said Parker. "We need to take a wait and see attitude with our legislators to see what we are provided with."
Several circuit clerk deputies, sheriff deputies, assistant district attorney's were also sworn in.