By John L. Ross / Staff Writer
WILLIAMSBURG — It’s official — attorney Bob Hammons was sworn in Friday as the new Whitley County attorney and he’s more than ready to get started.
“I got started about 11:15 this morning,” he said. “I’m ready to roll up my sleeves and get to work.
“I’ve been looking forward to it and have been waiting since May.”
Hammons has already appointed one of two assistants, Gary Brittain, a Corbin attorney. He said he has yet to appoint a second assistant.
Hammons was elected by a wide margin during the May election. Hammons unseated the incumbent, Don R. Moses, and also beat out another challenger, attorney Graham Trimble, to earn the seat.
County attorney is an elected position with four-year terms. Hammons takes over for an unexpired term which expires in 2014.
“When it’s all said and done, I am a public servant,” he said. “I will work for the people and do this job to the best of my ability.”
Although Hammons was elected in May, he explained that he could not legally take over the seat then because the November general election results had to be made official by the state first.
That just happened last week.
Hammons, who currently serves as attorney for both the Corbin Independent Schools and for the city of Corbin, is unsure whether he will retain those positions. “I’m going to evaluate the situation,” he said. “I’ve not made any decisions yet.”
He will have three offices to keep him accessible. “I’m in the courthouse and in the child support office in Williamsburg, and I’ll have an office in Corbin,” Hammons said.
He held the county attorney position for two terms in the past and has been an assistant county attorney. “This is not my first rodeo,” he said.
Hammons was sworn in by Circuit Judge Paul Winchester, and about 30 were in attendance.