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Saline County officeholders, county board installed in Friday ceremony

  • Saline County Sheriff Whipper Johnson gets a handshake from a well-wisher after he is sworn in Friday.

    Saline County Sheriff Whipper Johnson gets a handshake from a well-wisher after he is sworn in Friday.
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  • Regional Superintendent of Education Beth Rister smiles as she signs a certificate signifying her installation into office Friday.

    Regional Superintendent of Education Beth Rister smiles as she signs a certificate signifying her installation into office Friday.
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  • Saline County Sheriff James "Whipper" Johnson is sworn in as sheriff Friday at the Saline County Courthouse.

    Saline County Sheriff James "Whipper" Johnson is sworn in as sheriff Friday at the Saline County Courthouse.
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  • Judge Walden Morris swears in Saline County Treasurer Jeff Murrie on Friday.

    Judge Walden Morris swears in Saline County Treasurer Jeff Murrie on Friday.
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  • Judge Walden Morris swears in Saline County Clerk Roger Craig Friday at the Saline County Courthouse.

    Judge Walden Morris swears in Saline County Clerk Roger Craig Friday at the Saline County Courthouse.
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  • Saline County Sheriff James "Whipper" Johnson stands with his daughter, Lola Claire, prior to his swearing-in Friday afternoon at the Saline County Courthouse.

    Saline County Sheriff James "Whipper" Johnson stands with his daughter, Lola Claire, prior to his swearing-in Friday afternoon at the Saline County Courthouse.
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  • Judge Walden Morris swears in Saline County Board members, from left, Jay Williams, Bob Oglesby, Bruce Tolley, Wes Sherrod, Allan Porter and Jonathan Russell. See more photos on page 4.

    Judge Walden Morris swears in Saline County Board members, from left, Jay Williams, Bob Oglesby, Bruce Tolley, Wes Sherrod, Allan Porter and Jonathan Russell. See more photos on page 4.
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  • Judge Walden Morris swears in Regional Superintendent Dr. Beth Rister Friday at the Saline County Courthouse.

    Judge Walden Morris swears in Regional Superintendent Dr. Beth Rister Friday at the Saline County Courthouse.
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  • Molly Wilson Kasiar, Saline County's first female state's attorney, smiles as she is sworn in by Judge Walden Morris on Friday.

    Molly Wilson Kasiar, Saline County's first female state's attorney, smiles as she is sworn in by Judge Walden Morris on Friday.
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By Travis DeNeal tdeneal@dailyregister.com
updated: 12/5/2018 12:12 PM

SALINE COUNTY -- An overflow crowd packed a courtroom Friday afternoon for the swearing-in of Saline County officeholders and county board members.

Crowd access was standing room only after the available seating in the courtroom quickly filled with local residents who wanted to witness the event.

First Circuit Judge Walden Morris told those attending they were witnesses to the continuing history of the county.

Morris swore in Regional Superintendent Beth Rister, Saline County State's Attorney Molly Wilson Kasiar, Saline County Sheriff James "Whipper" Johnson, Saline County Clerk Roger Craig, and Saline County Treasurer Jeff Murrie.

He also installed Saline County Board members Jay Williams, Bob Oglesby, Bruce Tolley, Allan Porter, Jonathan Russell and Wes Sherrod.

Kasiar is the first woman to hold the office of Saline County State's Attorney.

Afterward, Morris urged county residents to support the offices and their officeholders.

"Ladies and gentlemen, these are our new officeholders. I'm sure they will all serve with distinction. I'm very proud of them, and I'm sure all of you are proud of your respective officeholder, too," Morris said. "I know that elections are not pleasant; worst experience of my whole life. But, once they're over, they're over. These are our officials. I'm asking everybody to support each and every one of them because we all, truly, need everyone's help."