Editorial: Newly elected officers have plenty of work ahead

Aug. 19, 2014 @ 04:52 PM

With the county election in the rear-view mirror and the installation of new officials coming soon, we would like to take the opportunity to thank those who have served and are leaving office.

Register of Deeds Sherry Huskey has served Sevier County well for 40 years in the register's office, including 24 as its leader. She's done well following in the footsteps of her mother, Veryl Henderson, who served as register until 1990.

Huskey has overseen the busy office with grace as Sevier County boomed through the years since with grace.

Outgoing county commissioners Tony Proffitt, Marty Loveday, Bill Oakes, Judy Godfrey, Jim Keener and Tim Hurst have also sacrificed immeasurable time in the service of the community in their combined decades of service, and they should be thanked for their work on behalf of our community.

Newly elected Register of Deeds Cyndi Loveday and the new members of county commission — Michael Maddron, Mary Davis, Greg Haggard, Rod Cowan, Keith Loveday and Chuck Godfrey — will have big shoes to fill.

Loveday has worked under Huskey for years and should know what it takes to run the office efficiently. Many of the county commissioners, however, are new to politics and will be undertaking a great new challenge in their lives.

Voters can only hope they made the right choices in electing these officials, and the officials themselves need to live up to the public trust they have been granted.

Adlai Stevenson, the Illinois governor who was defeated in landslides in the 1952 and 1956 races for president by Dwight D. Eisenhower, once shared an incredible quote on the subject.

It's something that all elected to public office, regardless of political party, should heed.

"Those who hold in their hands the power of government must themselves be independent," he said. "And this kind of independence means the wisdom, the experience, the courage to identify the special interests and the pressures that are always at work, to see the public interest steadily, to resist its subordination no matter what the political hazards."

Follow those words, putting the public good above the special interest of friends or family or even yourself, and you will likely make a good, just public servant.