Wilkins, Valentine sworn-in


Charles Warner | The Union Daily Times
Union County Treasurer Dianne Wilkins is sworn-in to a seventh term in office by Union County Clerk of Court Freddie Gault as Union County Auditor holds the Bible for her. Wilkins and Valentine were both sworn-in by Gault during a ceremony Wednesday morning in the Main Lobby of the Union County Courthouse.

Charles Warner | The Union Daily Times
Union County Auditor Brad Valentine is sworn-in to a fourth term in office Union County Clerk of Court Freddie Gault as Union County Treasurer Dianne Wilkins holds the Bible for him. Valentine and Wilkins were both sworn-in by Gault during a ceremony Wednesday morning in the Main Lobby of the Union County Courthouse.

UNION COUNTY — Months after they were renominated by their party and reelected in the general election without opposition in either instance two Union County officials were each sworn-in to another term in office Wednesday morning.

In a ceremony held in the Main Lobby of the Union County Courthouse, Union County Clerk of Court Freddie Gault administered the oath of office to Union County Treasurer Dianne Wilkins and Union County Auditor Brad Valentine.

When Wilkins was sworn-in, the Bible she took the oath of office on was held by Valentine. When it was Valentine’s turn to take the oath of office, Wilkins held the Bible for him.

In 2014, Wilkins and Valentine, both of whom are Democrats, sought reelection, first by seeking the Democratic nomination in the June primary. Both were unopposed for the Democratic nomination for their respective offices.

Wilkins and Valentine were also both unopposed in the November general election.

For Wilkins, who was appointed Treasurer in 1990 following the death of her predecessor, James Cheek, this is her seventh term in office. While serving Cheek’s unexpired term, Wilkins won the Democratic nomination for Treasurer and since then has been unopposed for reelection, both in the party primaries and the general elections.

Valentine, who won the Auditor’s office in 2002, is now serving his fourth term. Since winning the Democratic nomination in 2002, he has also been unopposed in the primaries and general election.

The oath of office is administered to the Treasure and Auditor at the beginning of July unlike the county’s other elected officeholders who take office in January. Unlike the terms of the county’s other elected offices — Supervisor, Sheriff, Coroner, Clerk of Court, Probate Judge, Union County Council members — which follow the calendar year, the terms of the Treasurer and Auditor’s follow the fiscal year which runs from July 1 to June 30.

The terms of all elected county offices including Treasurer and Auditor are for four years.

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