Friends, family and community members gathered Tuesday morning to see five Sussex County officials sworn into office.
“It’s an exercise that by Delaware Code we have to partake in to officially embark in the services of the County Council and the County Row Offices,” said County Administrator Todd Lawson, encouraging the audience to take pictures. “We want this moment memorialized for you all for the significance of what this day means for you all and what it took to get here.”
In attendance were a number of members from the Delaware General Assembly, including District 38 Rep. Ron Gray and District 41 Rep. Rich Collins.
“Members of the General Assembly, we appreciate you being here as well. We appreciate your support always,” said Lawson. “Your lucky day is a week from today.”
On Tuesday, Jan. 6, Sussex County Superior Court Judge T. Henley Graves swore in Rob Arlett, who will represent District 5 on the Sussex County Council.
Arlett, of Frankford, was joined by his wife of 25 years, Lorna, and his youngest son, Jared.
Graves also swore in District 4 Councilman George Cole for his eighth term.
“It’s an honor,” said Graves of swearing in the elected officials.
“It is an honor because I want you to know he’s a Democrat,” joked Cole.
Graves also swore in re-elected Recorder of Deeds Scott Dailey and Register of Wills Cindy Green, who was joined by her husband, Lawrence.
Newly-elected Sussex County Sheriff Robert T. Lee was also sworn in by Graves, with his wife, Lori, by his side.
“I’m truly humbled that you’re all here today,” said Lee. “My promise is that we will do the best that we can.”