FORT WAYNE – Seven newly elected county officials were sworn in Friday amid family and friends under the stained-glass dome of the Allen County Courthouse.
County Commissioner Nelson Peters, Coroner Craig Nelson, Surveyor Al Frisinger, Treasurer Sue Orth and County Councilmen Robert Armstrong, Bill Brown and Roy Buskirk were sworn in by Clerk of Courts Lisa Borgmann.
All were incumbents who were re-elected in November except Brown and Nelson, who are new to the posts they will assume Tuesday.
About 75 people attended the ceremony, which included the presentation of colors by the Allen County Sheriff’s Department Color Guard and the national anthem and closing anthem sung by Sonia Salas, deputy clerk of courts.
Allen Superior Court Judge David Avery asked that the seven officials be willing to accept the challenges of being a leader in our community.
Our community has been very blessed with good leadership, Avery said. This is a great place to live, to work and to play.
It’s a great place to raise a family, develop our potentials and live our lives.
The officials and the crowd radiated the same positive energy and family pride.
Throughout the ceremony, one young woman had to corral two rambunctious boys, ages 3 and 2, and a 10-month old girl who at times was crying and other times laughing.
At the conclusion of the ceremony, while bundling up her children, Sarah Falbe – harried but obviously proud – explained that the county surveyor, Al Frisinger, was her father.
On the other side of the audience, at the moment Avery finished his closing remarks, three small children ran to plant hugs and kisses on their Grandma Orth, the newly sworn-in treasurer of Allen County.