Daniel sworn in as Superior Court clerk

 

By Kevin Spradlin
PeeDeePost.com

ROCKINGHAM — With all the sheriff’s deputies and attorneys inside Courtroom E on the third floor of the Richmond County Judicial Center, it’s a wonder no one called the fire marshal to ensure the room’s occupancy limits weren’t being violated.

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com Vickie Daniel is joined by her husband, John, and sons Adam and Hampton during her swearing-in ceremony on Monday as clerk of Richmond County Superior Court.

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com
Vickie Daniel is joined by her husband, John, and sons Adam and Hampton during her swearing-in ceremony on Monday as clerk of Richmond County Superior Court.

As it stood, though, there was just enough room for more than 110 people to attend the swearing-in ceremony of Vickie Daniel as Superior Court clerk by Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Tanya Wallace. Daniel, in turn, swore in her six assistant clerks, 12 deputy clerks and 18 Richmond County sheriff’s deputies.

It was a day of ceremony, to be sure, but one of reflection as well. Daniel beat Peggy Roach by garnering slightly more than 65 percent of the vote in the Democratic primary election in May, 2,835 votes to 1,518 votes cast for Roach. Daniel ran unopposed in the November general election and now begins her first four-year term in the elected office.

Daniel brings 31 years of experience to the office, to which she was appointed by Wallace on Jan. 2, 2013 upon Kathy Gainey’s retirement. Like Daniel, Roach had more than 30 years of experience in the clerk’s office, most recently as assistant clerk.

Daniel, surrounded by her husband John and sons Adam and Hampton, thanked them and her co-workers, the attorneys and members of the law enforcement community for their support.

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com Yvette Potts, center, was one of six assistant clerks sworn in Monday by Vickie Daniel. Potts has submitted her retirement papers, effective Feb. 1, 2015.

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com
Yvette Potts, center, was one of six assistant clerks sworn in Monday by Vickie Daniel. Potts has submitted her retirement papers, effective Feb. 1, 2015.

She opened by giving credit to God, and also thanked Wallace for appointing her to the position.

“My mother taught me to work hard and you can be anything you want to be,” Daniel said. “I’m overwhelmed in my heart. I thank you for believing in me, and for giving me the opportunity.”

The ceremony began when Wallace entered the courtroom, a prayer by Frank McQuage and continued with the Pledge of Allegiance, led by East Rockingham Elementary School third-grader Cain Hunsucker. Cain’s mother, Crystal Hunsucker, was later among the 12 deputy clerks to be sworn in. The ceremony closed with a prayer by Rev. Roger Webster.

The special session with Wallace was convened for just this occasion, but Wallace was happy to rearrange the calendar.

Lots of times in life, Wallace said, people do things because they have to.

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Tanya Wallace reads the oath of office for Richmond County Clerk of Superior Court Vickie Daniel.

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com
Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Tanya Wallace reads the oath of office for Richmond County Clerk of Superior Court Vickie Daniel.

“Personally, for me, this day is one of the most gratifying days I have ever had on the bench,” Wallace said.

Dignitaries in the crowd including state Sen. Gene McLaurin, County Commissioner John Garner, Richmond County Board of Education member Bobbie Sue Ormsby and District Court Judge Lisa Thacker.

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