Rankin Co. official sworn in while serving overseas

Published: Dec. 23, 2011 at 12:20 AM CST
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RANKIN COUNTY, MS (Mississippi News Now) - Rankin County held a swearing in ceremony for its new elected officials. Nearly two dozen people took the oath at the Justice Center Building Wednesday.

Among them, District Attorney Michael Guest, Sheriff Bryan Bailey, the board of supervisors, four justice court judges as well as the chancery and circuit clerks.

County constable Timothy Gardner is currently serving in Afghanistan. He was sworn in via satellite.

"First time to do that and I get the opportunity to swear in the whole House of Representatives in two weeks to start the process," said Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann. "But this was a great honor today. Here he is in Afghanistan and he gets sworn in as constable and it was a privilege for me to be able to do that and we are holding his office until he comes home."

Gardner is a member of the National Guard's 113th Military Police Company based in Brandon.

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