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Elected officials take office Jan. 1

By Barbara Layton

Several officials were recently sworn in at the Jackson County Courthouse. Offices from Magistrate to Jackson County Sheriff and everything in between will be gaining new faces, and some returning, beginning on Jan. 1, 2021.

Those sworn in to the Magistrate's office include Magistrate Laura Pursley and her assistant Sarah Murray, as well as Magistrate Jackie Casto and her assistant Tamra Melhorn. 

Mitch Morrison was sworn in for his second term as Jackson County Commissioner. 

"I want to thank the voters for their confidence in me," Morrison said. "I will continue to work to prove that confidence is well founded."

D. Kyle Moore will be taking on the roll of the new Prosecuting Attorney for Jackson County. Attending his swearing in was his wife Jessilyn. 

The Assessor's office continues to be filled by Brian Thomas.

New to their positions are Ross Mellinger as he takes over the position of Jackson County Sheriff and his Chief Deputy Eric Cullen. 

"My life long ride-or-die work partner, Eric Cullen, and I have done and seen some incredible things together in Jackson County," Mellinger said. "The best is yet to come!"

Photos of the swearing-in ceremonies are on A2.