Darren Jackson, surrounded by family, friends, fellow colleagues, townsfolk and visitors from area communities, took the oath of office for Lafayette County Judge in the Harlow H. Land, Jr., courtroom on Friday, March 9. The ceremony was followed by a reception at the bottom of the stairs in the center of the courthouse where visitors enjoyed refreshments.

The Honorable Julian E. Collins, Chief Judge, Third Judicial Court, performed the reciting of the oath of office. Jackson placed his left hand on his grandmother's Bible, raised his right hand, and repeated each phrase with confidence. His wife, Heather, and two daughters, Grace and Audrey, proudly stood beside him, their young son, Bishop, was with family members.

At the end of the ceremony, the Honorable Judge Jackson stood up to speak and shared a few stories and humor. As he looked around the room and directly at his family, he tried hard to hold back the tears of joy while thanking everyone for helping him in many ways, especially for allowing him the opportunity to serve the citizens of Lafayette County as their county judge. "It is a true honor for both myself and my family, that this community has allowed me the privilege of serving as County Judge," Jackson said. He closed his speech by saying "my office is always open if you have concerns, complaints, or anything else you wish to discuss."

Other officials who participated in the ceremony were Lafayette County Sheriff Carson McCall; Ricky Lyons, Lafayette County Clerk of Court; The Honorable John W. Peach, Circuit Judge, Hamilton County; Guy Norris, President, Third Circuit Bar Association; Charles Hodge, Pastor of Alton Church of God; and, The Honorable Frederick L. Koberlein, who represented the Conference of County Court Judges.

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