New Holmes County Commissioners sworn in and ready for action

Published: Tuesday, December 4, 2012 at 05:24 PM.

Goodman quoted the Declaration of Independence, stating that an oath is “a solemn appeal to God to witness the truth of a statement or the sincerity of a promise, coupled with an imprecation of divine judgment in the event of falsehood or breach of obligation.”

“This oath means something today,” said Goodman. “These three men are going to stand up here, they’re going to have their loved ones up here and they’re going to put their hand on the Bible and they’re not only going to promise to you, citizens of the county, but they’re going to promise to a divine being, Jehovah, that they’re going to fulfill the terms of their oath. There’s going to be hard times in the next four years and it was best described by Thomas Jefferson when he said ‘nearly all men can stand adversity but to test a man’s true character give him power.”

Goodman said that the new commissioners were given power and that he “hoped we as citizens of Holmes County” would support them.

“The last thing I’d urge for them to do is take on the role as statesmen,” he said. “Not a politician but a statesman. There’s a difference that our founding fathers understood; the statesman is someone who thinks about the next generation; a politician is someone who only thinks of the next election.”

There’s a need for statesmen, said Goodman.

“We need them in Tallahassee, we need them in Washington D.C., we need them here in Bonifay, Florida, and so I hope that as we go through this oath today, that when we get seated and we start taking on issues the three that we have oncoming, the two that will remain for another two years,” said Goodman. “I think it’s poignant that Mr. Sasser’s grandchild held the Bible for him, that my kids are here, that Bill Parish’s children are here. The next generation is what we need to be thinking about and not just what will affect them today but what will affect them for years to come.”

Shortly after the swearing in ceremony the board approved of Monty Merchant being the new chairman and Kenneth Williams being the new vice chairman.

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