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County officials take oaths of office

Rose Elmore pins the Adison County Sheriff’s badge on her husband, Michael Elmore, at the Mahady Courthouse in Middlebury this past Wednesday. Michael Elmore took the oath of office to become the county’s top elected law enforcement officer that day, as did the other elected county officials.
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ADDISON COUNTY — In Vermont, there aren’t many countywide offices, but there are some. This past Wednesday, Feb. 1, Addison County’s officials elected this past November were sworn in at the Mahady Courthouse in Middlebury.

The Honorable Judge David Fenster, a state court judge. administered the oaths of office new Assistant Judges Nicole Wilkerson, returning Assistant Judge Patricia Ross, Probate Judge Pam Marsh and the State’s Attorney Eva Vekos.

Then Assistant Judge Ross swore in Sheriff Michael Elmore, after which Sheriff Elmore gave the oath of office to all his deputy sheriffs.

Eva Vekos looks happy after taking the oath of office as Addison County state’s attorney at the Mahady Courthouse on Feb. 1. With her is State Judge David Fenster, who administered the oath of office.
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All of these officials were elected, except for Fenster (who was appointed by Gov. Scott) and the deputies (who were hired by the sheriff).  Assistant Judge Ross won her second election to the post, and all the others were elected for the first time this past Nov. 8.

Vekos became acting state’s attorney in December when the county’s acting top prosecutor, Peter Bevere, left for a job in the Rutland County State’s Attorney’s Office.

Probate Judge Pam Marsh, who won election to that position in November, stands with State Judge David Fenster after he administered the oath of office this past Wednesday.
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After taking her oath of office for the first time, Addison County Assistant Judge Nicole Wilkerson poses for a photo with State Judge David Fenster on Wednesday, Feb. 1, at the county courthouse, where Wilkerson will hear cases.
Independent photo/Steve James

Michael Elmore of Addison, who has been a sergeant with the Addison County Sheriff’s Department for several years, is sworn in to his new job of Sheriff by Addison County Assistant Judge Patricia Ross on Feb. 1 at the Mahady Courthouse.
Independent photo/Steve James

Addison County Sheriff’s Deputies take an oath committing to do their job faithfully and well during a ceremony at the Mahady Courthouse in Middlebury on Feb. 1. Their new boss, Sheriff Michael Elmore, administered the oath to his deputies.
Independent photo/Steve James

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