NEW CUMBERLAND - Newly-elected Hancock County officials will be sworn in at noon Dec. 20 even though they don't assume office until Jan. 1, 2013.
Among those taking the oath of office will be newly-elected Sheriff Ralph Fletcher and newly-elected Magistrate Mike White, as well as incumbent Commissioner Jeff Davis, Prosecutor Jim Davis, Assessor Joseph M. Alongi and Magistrates Scott Hicks and Michael Powell.
Fletcher succeeds White as sheriff because West Virginia term limits prevented White from running for re-election. White was among the top three vote-getters in the four-way race for magistrate, unseating longtime Magistrate Betty J. Bauer.
Hancock County Circuit Court Judge Ronald Wilson likely will conduct the swearing-in ceremony in Courtroom No. 1 of the Hancock County Courthouse. The ceremony is being held early to avoid schedule conflicts during the holidays.
The officials were elected in the Nov. 6 general election.