Three new county officials and two incumbents were sworn into office Monday morning in Johnson County.
Newly elected county treasurer Brent Williams, commissioner Fred Myer and sheriff Charles Harner were sworn into office at 9:00 a.m. December 1, by Honorable Judge James Williamson in the courtroom annex. Incumbent county clerk Robin Harper-Whitehead and assessor Danell Mott were also sworn in for another four-year term.
The courtroom annex was nearly packed with citizens for the swearing in.
The ceremony was a bittersweet moment for Illinois’ longest serving sheriff, Elry Faulkner.
Faulkner retired at the end of his shift Sunday night, Nov. 30, after serving as Johnson County Sheriff for 40 years.
At the conclusion of the ceremony, Faulkner pinned a new sheriff’s batch on Harner’s chest.