The swearing-in ceremony of Starke County officials doubled as a retirement party for attorney Steve Dodge. Starke County Clerk Evelyn Skronski swore in four officials to their new responsibilities because the two judges on standby were unable to make it to the ceremony.
Kasey Clark was sworn in to the position of county treasurer, while Dennis Estok took the oath for the position of county surveyor. Freddie Baker and Bob Sims were sworn in to their new seats on the county council.
Baker is a brand new face to the county council, and said he is anxious to begin his time as councilmember.
“I was excited and I’m kinda anxious to get started. I appreciate the support that I got during the election, and now the time has come to back up what you say! I want to be a voice for the people in our county, and we have several big projects going on right at the moment, the jail being one of them, and I am going to have an open mind and do the job that I was elected to do to the best of my ability,” said Baker.
Kenny Wallace thanked Dodge for his time serving the community, the city of Knox, and the county as a whole before the assembly took advantage of the cornucopia of food present at the Nancy J. Dembowski Community Center in honor of Dodge’s retirement. Several people presented Dodge with cards expressing their gratitude and wishing him good luck in his retirement, and everyone present sampled some of his retirement cake.