Mayor Bob Rial ‘enthusiastic’ for next four years as Dickson County officials take oaths for new terms

Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals Judge Tommy Woodall (left) administers the oath of office to Mayor Bob Rial in a ceremony at Dickson County High School Tuesday night.

Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals Judge Tommy Woodall (left) administers the oath of office to Mayor Bob Rial in a ceremony at Dickson County High School Tuesday night.

After taking the oath of office for his second term, Dickson County Mayor Bob Rial said he is proud of the progress the county has made over the last four years and is looking forward to continuing that work. “I think I’m more excited and enthusiastic than I was four years ago,” Rial told a crowd that gathered Tuesday night in the Dickson County High School auditorium to see the winners of this month’s county election take the oaths of office. Rial recalled four years ago at the swearing in ceremony at Creek Wood High School talking about what he called the “politics of distrust” that existed in Dickson County. “We have overcome that,” he said Tuesday. In addition to thanking his family, Rial also singled out former County Executive Janet Harris and former County Mayor Linda Frazier for their assistance in his first term and the spirit of cooperation from the Dickson County Commission. Rial was the only official to speak after taking the oath of office from Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals Judge Thomas Woodall. Just prior to the ceremony at DCHS, Rial had administered the oaths of office to Mayor Bill Davis and the six newly elected members of the Charlotte Town Council prior to its monthly meeting at Town Hall. Incumbents Sherri Thiel, Shelia Sesler, Jim Robertson, Gene Miller and Donnie Allen were joined by new Councilman Alex Spann in taking the oaths prior to a short monthly meeting that marked the end of the term for Tim Reynolds, who was not re-elected earlier this month. Woodall also administered the oaths of office to Road Superintendent Jerry Burgess, County Clerk Luanne Greer, Circuit Court Clerk Pam Choate Myatt, General Sessions Court Clerk Barbara Spann, Trustee Glynda Barrett Pendergrass, Register of Deeds Shelly Lynch Yates, Juvenile and Probate Court Judge Michael Meise, General Sessions Court Judge Craig Monsue, White Bluff Municipal Court Judge Leonard G. Belmares II, 11 of 12 members of the Dickson County Commission, Dickson County School Board members Ricky Chandler, Tim Potter and Josh Lewis, Constable Tim Cunningham and the six members of the Dickson County Road Commission. Sheriff Jeff Bledsoe, 2nd District County Commissioner Jeff Eby, Dickson Municipal Court Judge Reese Holley and Constable Michael Baker were not able to attend Tuesday’s ceremony and will take their oaths at another time. Circuit Court Judge Suzanne Lockert-Mash and Public Defender Jake Lockert took their oaths of office in a ceremony Sunday in Ashland City. Circuit Court Judge David Wolfe and District Attorney Ray Crouch Jr. will be sworn in Friday afternoon in Charlotte. The winners of the Aug. 7 election begin their new terms of office Monday.

Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals Judge Tommy Woodall (left) administers the oath of office to Road Superintendent Jerry Burgess in a ceremony at Dickson County High School Tuesday night.

Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals Judge Tommy Woodall (left) administers the oath of office to Road Superintendent Jerry Burgess in a ceremony at Dickson County High School Tuesday night.

 

Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals Judge Tommy Woodall (left) administers the oath of office to County Clerk Luanne Greer in a ceremony at Dickson County High School Tuesday night.

Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals Judge Tommy Woodall (left) administers the oath of office to County Clerk Luanne Greer in a ceremony at Dickson County High School Tuesday night.

Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals Judge Tommy Woodall (left) administers the oath of office to Circuit Court Clerk Pam Choate Myatt in a ceremony at Dickson County High School Tuesday night.

Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals Judge Tommy Woodall (left) administers the oath of office to Circuit Court Clerk Pam Choate Myatt in a ceremony at Dickson County High School Tuesday night.

Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals Judge Tommy Woodall (left) administers the oath of office to General Sessions Court Clerk Barbara Spann in a ceremony at Dickson County High School Tuesday night.

Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals Judge Tommy Woodall (left) administers the oath of office to General Sessions Court Clerk Barbara Spann in a ceremony at Dickson County High School Tuesday night.

Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals Judge Tommy Woodall (left) administers the oath of office to Trustee Glynda Barrett Pendergrass in a ceremony at Dickson County High School Tuesday night.

Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals Judge Tommy Woodall (left) administers the oath of office to Trustee Glynda Barrett Pendergrass in a ceremony at Dickson County High School Tuesday night.

Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals Judge Tommy Woodall (left) administers the oath of office to Register of Deeds Shelly Lynch Yates in a ceremony at Dickson County High School Tuesday night.

Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals Judge Tommy Woodall (left) administers the oath of office to Register of Deeds Shelly Lynch Yates in a ceremony at Dickson County High School Tuesday night.

Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals Judge Tommy Woodall (left) administers the oath of office to Juvenile and Probate Court Judge Michael Meise in a ceremony at Dickson County High School Tuesday night.

Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals Judge Tommy Woodall (left) administers the oath of office to Juvenile and Probate Court Judge Michael Meise in a ceremony at Dickson County High School Tuesday night.

Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals Judge Tommy Woodall (left) administers the oath of office to General Sessions Court Judge Craig Monsue in a ceremony at Dickson County High School Tuesday night.

Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals Judge Tommy Woodall (left) administers the oath of office to General Sessions Court Judge Craig Monsue in a ceremony at Dickson County High School Tuesday night.

Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals Judge Tommy Woodall (left) administers the oath of office to White Bluff Municipal Court Judge Leonard G. Belmares II in a ceremony at Dickson County High School Tuesday night.

Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals Judge Tommy Woodall (left) administers the oath of office to White Bluff Municipal Court Judge Leonard G. Belmares II in a ceremony at Dickson County High School Tuesday night.

Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals Judge Tommy Woodall (left) administers the oath of office to (left to right) County Commissioners Randy Simpkins, Shane Chandler, Kelly Sesler Weatherspoon, Cotton Dawson, Benny Spencer, Carl Buckner, Kyle Sanders, Tony Adams, Booty Reed, Linda Hayes and Randy Hogin in a ceremony at Dickson County High School Tuesday night.

Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals Judge Tommy Woodall (left) administers the oath of office to (left to right) County Commissioners Randy Simpkins, Shane Chandler, Kelly Sesler Weatherspoon, Cotton Dawson, Benny Spencer, Carl Buckner, Kyle Sanders, Tony Adams, Booty Reed, Linda Hayes and Randy Hogin in a ceremony at Dickson County High School Tuesday night.

Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals Judge Tommy Woodall (left) administers the oath of office to (left to right) school board members Ricky Chandler, Josh Lewis and Tim Potter in a ceremony at Dickson County High School Tuesday night.

Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals Judge Tommy Woodall (left) administers the oath of office to (left to right) school board members Ricky Chandler, Josh Lewis and Tim Potter in a ceremony at Dickson County High School Tuesday night.

Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals Judge Tommy Woodall (left) administers the oath of office to Constable Tim Cunningham in a ceremony at Dickson County High School Tuesday night.

Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals Judge Tommy Woodall (left) administers the oath of office to Constable Tim Cunningham in a ceremony at Dickson County High School Tuesday night.

Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals Judge Tommy Woodall (left) administers the oath of office to (left to right) Road Commissioners Kenneth Edmisson, Austin Potter, John Baggett, Clay Simpkins, Ben Regen and Orval Sesler in a ceremony at Dickson County High School Tuesday night.

Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals Judge Tommy Woodall (left) administers the oath of office to (left to right) Road Commissioners Kenneth Edmisson, Austin Potter, John Baggett, Clay Simpkins, Ben Regen and Orval Sesler in a ceremony at Dickson County High School Tuesday night.

Dickson County Mayor Bob Rial (left) administers the oath of office to Charlotte Town Council members (left to right) Shelia Sesler, Alex Spann, Sherri Thiel, Jim Robertson, Donnie Allen and Gene Miller and Mayor Bill Davis in a ceremony Tuesday night.

Dickson County Mayor Bob Rial (left) administers the oath of office to Charlotte Town Council members (left to right) Shelia Sesler, Alex Spann, Sherri Thiel, Jim Robertson, Donnie Allen and Gene Miller and Mayor Bill Davis in a ceremony Tuesday night.