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Three Forsyth County Commissioners Sworn In

A swearing in ceremony for members of the Forsyth County Board of Commissioners was held Thursday.

In a ceremony Thursday afternoon in downtown Cumming, one newly elected commissioner and two re-elected members of the Forsyth County Board of Commissioners were sworn in at the Forsyth County Administration Building.

Cindy Mills, the newly elected District 4 commissioner (covering a good area of north Forsyth), defeated incumbent Patrick Bell in the runoff elections last August.

"I truly look at doing this job as part of the future, for the future of our young people that I believe in so much," she said.

She became emotional when speaking about her family's heritage that's been part of Forsyth County for generations.

"I want to do what's right by the county, I look forward to serving with all of you commissioners that have given so much of yourself," Mills said.

District 2 Commissioner Brian R. Tam (covering a portion of south Forsyth) was sworn in to serve his third term. He defeated John Derucki

"I'd like to thank all my supporters, friends and neighbors, it's an honor and privilege to serve," he said. "And I'd like to also thank the employees of Forsyth County. I'd like the citizens to know that they are well served by a fine, fine group of people here that work for Forsyth County and I'm proud to work with them."

Jim Boff was sworn in for his second term as commissioner for District 5 (covering much of east Forsyth). Afterwards, he too thanked those in attendance and for the support shown to him and the board of commissioners over the last four years.

"I am proud to have served and I hope that in four years I'll also be able to say that I'm proud that I served, proud of what I have done, proud of what I've tried to do," he said. "I hope that we continue to do well in this county as we have for so long I see no reason why we shouldn't."

All three were sworn in by Forsyth County Probate Judge Woody Jordan in front of about 100 hundred people.

Tam defeated his challengers, Dennis Brown and Scott Padis, and Boff defeated his challenger John Derucki in the 2012 General Primary in Forsyth County last July.

Later in the evening, during the regular BOC meeting, outgoing Commissioner Patrick B. Bell was recognized for his public service and was presented with a Resolution of appreciation, according to a press release.

Bell, who took office on January 1, 2009, represented District 4. He was elected by his fellow commissioners to serve as Secretary of the Board of Commissioners in 2009, and was elected Vice Chairman of the Board of Commissioners in 2011 and 2012.

During his tenure on the Board of Commissioners, Bell attained two levels of certification from the Association County Commissioners of Georgia: the Certified Commissioners’ Training Program and the Certified Commissioners’ Advanced Program.

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