La Plata, MD – It was an evening for the victorious, as each elected official graciously and sincerely thanked their families and supporters at the Charles County Oath of Office ceremony Dec. 4.

The evening began with the swearing in of Sherri Hancock as clerk of the Circuit Court; she then presented all other oaths for the night. The overall message each candidate had during the evening was most simply stated by the newly-elected Associate Judge of the Circuit Court Donine Carrington, leaving her brief statement of “thank you.” In addition to Carrington, William Greer Jr. was also elected into the 15 year term as Associate Judge of the Circuit Court for Charles County.

Moving into the swearing-in of county commissioners, the newly-elected Reuben Collins, II [D], was greeted with a pleasant recognition from the Upper Marlboro/Waldorf/and Fort Washington Alumni Chapters of the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity. David Baker of the Fort Washington Chapter presented Collins with a glass trophy, recognizing the new county commissioners’ president for his “Support of Kappa Alpha Psi.” In his speech, Collins displayed his father’s teaching certificate that was only “valid to teach in colored schools,” to help get his point across that the county has come a long way. Collins went on to explain his aspirations of moving Charles County forward while enhancing public amenities, preserving natural spaces, creating walkable neighborhoods, and bringing in more vibrant entertainment options in order to please the masses.

Following his induction, the newly-elected Gilbert “BJ” Bowling III [D-District 1] and Thomasina Coates [D-District 2] were brought up. Bowling made note of how he hopes to improve public education, support the Sheriff’s office, and “bring Indian Head back to what it used to be.”

Following that, the two incumbent commissioners, Amanda Stewart [D-District 3] and Bobby Rucci [D-District 4], were administered their oaths. Commissioner Stewart harped on how she is happy to start “Chapter Two”, and will hope to seek a third and final term in 2022.

The Judges of the Orphans Court followed with the Democratic lineup of J. Lorraine Berry, Darlene Breck, and Reginald Kearney being recognized as triumphant. Loraine D. Hennessy was sworn in to the Office of Register of Wills.

Lastly, Troy Berry took another oath to serve for a second term as the Charles County sheriff.