CHIPLEY — Joe Taylor was sworn in as the new Washington County School District superintendent on Tuesday.



Taylor replaces Dr. Sandra Cook, who lost to Taylor in the August primary election. Taylor, a Republican, went on to defeat Democratic contender Pat Aukema Dickson for the office.



New school board member Milton Brown, representing District 3, was also sworn in on Tuesday. Brown narrowly defeated incumbent Pam Cates in the primary.



District 2 Board member Wayne Saunders, who was uncontested in the election, was also sworn back into his position.



In the reorganizational meeting, board member Terry Ellis was elected to serve as board chairman, and Susan Roberts was chosen vice chairman.



“Thank you for your confidence in me,” Ellis said.



The board voted to keep the meeting time and date the same in the coming year — the school board meets at 5 p.m. on the second Monday of the month.



The board also voted to set their annual salaries at $24,895, taking a 1 percent decrease from the recommended $25,124, based on a motion by Roberts.



The board voted to hire attorney Jeff Goodman to serve as the school board’s attorney for a monthly retainer of $750. Goodman replaces Thomas Gerald Holley, who retired from serving the school board for 42 years at the Nov. 12 meeting.



The board elected member Vann Brock to serve as Legislative liaison, and chose Roberts to continue to serve as the district’s liaison to the Small School District Council Consortium Board of Directors.