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Courtroom filled for swearing in ceremony

The Batesville Courthouse was crowded Friday morning with family and friends of Panola County officials on hand for the swearing-in ceremony for those elected to office in the November General Election.

Circuit Judge Smith Murphey administered the various oaths of offices to Supervisors, Chancery and Circuit Clerks, Tax Assessor/Collector, County Attorney, Constable, Justice Court Judges, School Board Trustee, and Coroner.

Sheriff-elect Shane Phelps also asked Judge Murphey to deputize some of the law enforcement officers that he has chosen to work in the Sheriff’s Office.

The Board of Supervisors approved a list of Sheriff’s Department employees submitted by the incoming sheriff earlier this month. Those who were present at the swearing-in posed with Phelps for a group photo after the official oaths were taken.

Phelps and the new officers will assume their new duties on Tuesday, Jan. 6, except Reginald Lantern who will join the PCSO on March 1 following his retirement from the Mississippi Highway Patrol.

The new hires approved this month are:

Reginald Lantern – Chief Deputy

Bill McGee – Major (part-time)

Kevin Smith – Captain

Clyde Estridge – Captain

Chuck Henson – Captain

Tyler Mills – Lt./Investigator

Clint Robertson – Lt./Investigator

Justin Maples – Lt./Investigator

Darius Smith – Lt.

Tripp Williams – Lt./Patrol

Maurice Market – Lt./Patrol

Rodzinski Weekly – Sgt./Investigator

Adrian Kirkwood – Sgt./Investigator

George Renfroe – Investigator

Sparky Campbell – Sgt./Patrol

Tommy Crutcher – Sgt./Patrol

Jeremy Hailey – Sgt./Patrol

Kelvin Taylor – Lt./Patrol

Mark Allen – Deputy

Charles Cranford – Deputy

Darryl House – Deputy

Bubba Moore – Deputy

Josh Griffin – Deputy

Mario Presley – Deputy

Chantrice Morgan – Deputy

Jeremy Denley – Deputy

Jon Somerville – Deputy

Clyde Gill – Deputy

Eugene Flowers – Deputy

Chuck Tucker – Deputy

Terry Anderson – Deputy

Dean Jones – School Resource Officer

Stevie Webb – School Resource Officer

Kelvin Leland – School Resource Officer

Cindy Tullos – Secretary

Jamie Sullivan – Secretary

Chuck Smith – Captain

Mike Hardin – Lt.

Matt Cote – Sgt.

Brittan Crawford – Sgt.

Charlie Tindal – Sgt.

Ron Yancy – Agent

Tim Foy  – Agent

Jake Mills – Part-time Deputy

Stevie Adams – Part-time Deputy

John Hubbard – Part-time Deputy

Fred Hentz  – Part-time Deputy

Ben Simmons – Part-time Deputy

Kelvin Morgan – Part-time Deputy