Three new Lincoln County elected officials were sworn in at the County Courthouse Wednesday, alongside four who are returning to office.
Sheriff Darren Short, Treasurer/Superintendent of Schools Sedaris Carlberg and District 3 Commissioner Josh Letcher took their oaths for the first time Wednesday.
Returning to office, Justice of the Peace Jay Sheffield, County Attorney Marcia Boris, Clerk and Recorder/Auditor/Assessor/Surveyor Robin Benson and Coroner Steven Schnackenberg were also sworn in Wednesday.
Short, who recently retired from the Libby Police Department to take over as sheriff, was presented a plaque after the swearing in by his former boss, Libby Police Chief Scott Kessel, recognizing Short’s two decades of service to the department and community.
“He’s been, basically, my second in command. Now he’s going to head his own agency,” Kessel said. “He’s admired by the officers he supervises, and I have nothing but deep respect for him and his ability to do the job.”
Kessel said he looks forward to continuing the strong professional relationship they have built over the time they have served together.
Short’s parents, Anita and James Short, attended the swearing in, and James Short was given the opportunity to pin his son with the Sheriff’s badge. The honor would have been outgoing Sheriff Roby Bowe’s, but James Short said that Bowe came to his home and offered it to him the day before the ceremony.
“I’m very proud of him,” James Short said of his son. “I think he will do an excellent job.”
Darren Short said that it was incredible and a special moment to have his father pin his badge on him. “I have to thank Roby for that.”
See more from Wednesday’s ceremony on page A4.