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Kay Arp, Mayor Doyle Arp, Chairman Roy Bledsoe

 

 

COMMISSION HONORS OUTGOING MAYOR

 

If you missed the August Commission meeting and Friday's VIP invitation at the Old Courthouse lawn to honor Mayor Arp, which was probably lost in the mail, you'll have one more opportunity to see outgoing Mayor Arp at Monday's swearing in ceremonies for all newly elected county officials. According to Mayor Arp, the newly elected county officials will take their Oaths of Office at the old Courthouse on Monday, August 30 at 6:00 PM. The mayor promised a sound system so we could hear what is said.

When you hear stories about how commission is comprised of liberal spenders just remember the makeup of the current commission, which is comprised of one Republican mayor, and eight Republicans and two Democrat commissioners. After September 1, Commission will be comprised of one Republican Mayor and nine Republicans and one Democrat commissioners since Wayne Gardin will not return as commissioner 6th District. The Mayor is a member of the Budget Committee.

 

MAYOR ANNOUNCEMENT - PUBLIC INVITED

SWEARING IN - OATH OF OFFICE CEREMONY COUNTY OFFICIALS

MONDAY AUGUST 30, 2010,  6:00 PM

OLD COURTHOUSE LOUDON

 

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SOURCE: County Technical Assistance Service (CTAS) 

OATHS OF OFFICE (2006)

Administration of Oaths:

Oaths of office may be administered at any time after the certification of election results, in the case

of elected officials, and any time after appointment, in the case of appointed officials (but the official

cannot take office until the term begins). T.C.A. § 8-18-109. In all cases when it is not otherwise

prescribed by law, oaths may be administered by any officer authorized to administer an oath. Such

oaths shall be written out and subscribed by the person taking them, and shall be accompanied with

the certificate of the officer administering the oaths, specifying the day and year when taken. Retired

judges and retired chancellors of courts of record of this state may administer the oaths of office to

any elected or appointed public official. T.C.A. § 8-18-107.

Notwithstanding any other law to the contrary, oaths of office for any elected or appointed

county official may be administered by the county executive/mayor, the county clerk, judges

of courts of general sessions, or a judge of any court of record in the county. T.C.A. § 8-18-109.

Also, where a particular statute authorizes other persons to administer the oath to a particular official,

then those additional persons would also be authorized to administer the oath for that official.

Content of Oaths:

All elected county officials and the appointed officers such as clerk and master, and deputies

to these officers, are required to take an oath of office which actually consists of two oaths: the

constitutional oath, and an oath for the particular office or fidelity oath (Tenn. Const. Art. X,

Sec. 1). The following is combination fidelity and constitutional oath:

I do solemnly swear that I will perform with fidelity the duties of the office to which

I have been elected, and which I am about to assume. I do solemnly swear to support

the constitutions of Tennessee and the United States and to faithfully perform the

duties of the office of for County , Tennessee.

The simple constitutional oath and fidelity oath are taken by persons who do not have a more

specific oath prescribed by law (T.C.A. § 8-18-111). This basic oath is used upon entering the

following offices:

 

County Executive/Mayor

County Clerk (or deputy county clerk by substituting the word “appointed” for “elected”)

County Register (or deputy register by substituting the word “appointed” for “elected”)

Chief administrative officer of the county highway department

County commissioners may the use the same basic oath as noted above, but phrased as follows:

I do solemnly swear that I will perform with fidelity the duties of the office to which

I have been elected, and which I am about to assume. I do solemnly swear to support

the constitutions of Tennessee and the United States and to faithfully perform the

duties of the office of county commissioner representing the district of

County , Tennessee.

 

 

Clerks of court take the following oath prescribed by T.C.A. § 18-1-103:

I do solemnly swear to support the constitutions of Tennessee and the United States.

I do solemnly swear that I will execute the duties of the office of

without prejudice, partiality, or favor, to the best of my skill and ability; that I have

neither given nor will give any person any gratuity, gift, fee or reward in

consideration of support for this office and I have neither sold nor offered to sell, nor

will sell, my interest in this office.

 

Deputy clerks of court must take the following oath prescribed by T.C.A. § 18-1-104:

I do solemnly swear that I will perform with fidelity the duties of the office to which

I have been appointed and which I am about to assume and that I will faithfully

discharge the duties of the office of to the best of my skill and

ability. I do solemnly swear to support the constitutions of Tennessee and the United

States.

 

 

Sheriffs take the following oath according to T.C.A. § 8-8-104:

I do solemnly swear that I will perform with fidelity the duties of the office to which

I have been elected, and which I am about to assume. I do solemnly swear to support

the constitutions of Tennessee and the United States and to faithfully perform the

duties of the office of sheriff for County , Tennessee. I further swear

that I have not promised or given, nor will I give any fee, gift, gratuity, or reward for

this office or for aid in procuring this office; that I will not take any fee, gift, or bribe,

or gratuity for returning any person as a juror or for making any false return of any

process and that I will faithfully execute the office of sheriff to the best of my

knowledge and ability, agreeably to law.

 

Deputy sheriffs take an oath similar to the sheriff (according to T.C.A. § 8-18-112) as follows:

I do solemnly swear that I will perform with fidelity the duties of the office to which

I have been appointed, and which I am about to assume. I do solemnly swear to

support the constitutions of Tennessee and the United States and to faithfully perform

the duties of the office of deputy sheriff for County , Tennessee. I

further swear that I have not promised or given, nor will I give any fee, gift, gratuity,

or reward for this office or for aid in procuring this office; that I will not take any fee,

gift, or bribe, or gratuity for returning any person as a juror or for making any false

return of any process and that I will faithfully execute the office of deputy sheriff to

the best of my knowledge and ability, agreeably to law.

 

County Trustees takes the following oath:

I do solemnly swear that I will perform with fidelity the duties of the office to which

I have been elected, and which I am about to assume. I do solemnly swear to support

the constitutions of Tennessee and the United States and to faithfully perform the

duties of the office of trustee for County , Tennessee.

Deputy trustees take the same oath but substitute the word “appointed” for “elected”.

Additionally, at the time of executing bonds, the trustee must take an additional oath according

to T.C.A. § 67-5-1901, as follows:

I do solemnly swear that I will faithfully collect and account for all taxes for my

county, or cause the same to be done, according to law, and that I will use all lawful

means in my power to find out and assess such property as may not have been

assessed for taxation in my county, and return a list of the same on settlement.

 

Assessors of property and deputy assessors must take and subscribe an oath of office according

to T.C.A. § 67-1-507 as follows:

I, , assessor of property(or deputy assessor) of the County of

, State of Tennessee, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will

appraise, classify, and assess all taxable property of the County of ,

according to the Constitution of Tennessee and the laws of the state; that I will truly

report all persons who fail or refuse to list their taxable property or who have to my

knowledge returned a fraudulent list, and that I will faithfully, impartially, and

honestly discharge my duties as assessor of property according to the law, to the best

of my knowledge and ability, without fear, favor, or affection, so help me God.

 

Assessors and their deputies must also take the constitutional oath, to wit:

I do solemnly swear to support the constitutions of Tennessee and of the United

States and to faithfully perform the duties of assessor (or deputy assessor) which I am

about to assume.

 

Constables without law enforcement powers take the following oath according to T.C.A. § 8-10-

108(a):

I do solemnly swear that I will well and truly serve the state of Tennessee in the

office of constable and that I will faithfully, and without delay, execute and return all

lawful process directed to me, and that I will well and truly, according to my power

and ability, do and execute all other duties of the office of constable. I do solemnly

swear to support the constitutions of Tennessee and the United States.

 

Constables with law enforcement powers take the following oath according to T.C.A. § 8-10-

108(b):

I do solemnly swear that I will well and truly serve the state of Tennessee in the

office of constable, will cause the peace of the state to be kept to the best of my

power and that I will arrest all persons that go in my sight armed offensively or who

commit any riot, affray, or other breach of the peace, and will use my best endeavor,

on complaint made, to apprehend all felons, rioters, or persons riotously assembled;

and if such persons flee or make resistance, I will pursue and make hue and cry,

according to law; and that I will faithfully, and without delay, execute and return all

lawful process directed to me, and that I will well and truly, according to my power

and ability, do and execute all other duties of the office of constable. I do solemnly

swear to support the constitutions of Tennessee and the United States.

 

General Sessions Court Judges take an oath of office (usually administered by a chancellor or

circuit judge) pursuant to T.C.A. §§ 16-15-203 and 17-1-104, as follows:

I do solemnly swear that I will support the Constitution of the United States and the

Constitution of Tennessee, and that I will administer justice without respect of

persons and impartially discharge all of the duties incumbent upon a judge of a

general sessions court in the State of Tennessee to the best of my skill and ability.

 

School Board Members:

I, , do solemnly swear that I will perform with fidelity the duties of the

office to which I have been elected, and which I am about to assume. I do solemnly

swear to support the constitutions of Tennessee and the United States and to

faithfully perform the duties of the office of member of the board of education

representing the education district of ________ County, Tennessee.

 

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