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Rockdale County to hold historic inauguration

CONYERS—Rockdale County will turn a new page in history when it installs its newly-elected officials on Sunday, Dec. 30, 7 p.m., at the Rockdale County Auditorium, 903 Main St., Conyers.

Eight African American Democrats who campaigned as the “Slate of 8” will be sworn into office, along with two other officials—Superior Court Judge Robert Mumford and incumbent State Court Judge Nancy Bills, who both won their seats during the General Primary in July.

The “Slate of 8” includes Rockdale CEO Richard Oden, Commissioner Oz Nesbitt and Clerk of Courts Ruth Wilson, all re-elected to second four-year terms; Sheriff Eric Levett; Probate Judge Charles Mays; Magistrate Judge Phinia Aten; Tax Commissioner Rakeim “RJ” Hadley;  Coroner George Levett, Jr., all elected to first terms. The eight are the first African Americans elected to their respective positions in the history of the 141-year-old county. The Nov. 6 election also marked the first time in more than 20 years that Democrats dominated Rockdale.

Details of the inauguration are still being worked out, including who will administer the oaths of office. The inauguration will be kept simple because it is being held on a Sunday evening, oganizers said A reception will be held after the swearing-in ceremony. The event is open to the public.