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It was a joyous occasion for those in attendance.

The newly elected Butler County officials were sworn into office on Jan. 3 in the county courtroom in David City. Among them taking an oath of office was newly elected Sheriff Tom Dion.

“It is a sense of relief, but now the fun begins,” Dion said, about getting sworn into office and taking over as the county's sheriff. “ I know it will be a busy year, but that’s what I signed up for.”

Dion’s family was there to watch the ceremony. His spouse, Theresa Dion, said she was proud of his accomplishment.

“This has been a dream of his for a long time. He’s reached his goal,” she said. “His mom and dad would be so proud.”

Dion began his career with the Butler County Sheriff’s Office in 1999. He would work his way up to the rank of sergeant until 2015, when he left the department for personal reasons. After spending the last two years employed at the power plant in David City, Dion said he is eager to take over the local law enforcement agency. He said his first priority on the job is to get to know his staff.

Family relative Marie Bruegger, of Schuyler, said she was also happy for Dion.

“I’m excited. I think he’s going to do a great job,” Bruegger said. “I’m excited for Butler County.”

Several county officials joined Dion in being sworn in. Butler County Attorney Julie Reiter was re-elected to office but was unable to attend the ceremony as she said she was home sick with the stomach flu that day. However, she noted she was able to take the oath of office and was sworn in on that Friday. She added she is excited to get to work with the newly elected county officials.

“I felt that the board members seemed interested in everything going on, and I’m excited to work with all the new people,” Reiter said.

Anthony Whitmore and Scot Bauer were present for the ceremony and sworn into office. The two will be joining the Butler County Board of Supervisors, representing District 7 and District 3, respectively. In a previous interview with The Banner-Press, Whitmore said his main priorities were improving county roads and overreach from the board.

Bauer shares Whitmore’s priority of improving and maintaining county roads. In a previous interview, he said addressing high property taxes and managing the county budget were of great concern to him. After being sworn in, Bauer said he was ready to get to work.

“It’s exciting. I’m looking forward to a new adventure,” Bauer said. “I’m proud that the county voted me in with such strong percentages.”

District 1 Supervisor David Mach and District 5's Scott Steager were also sworn into office. The two ran unopposed in this year’s election. The newly elected board had its first meeting on Jan. 8.

Eric Schucht is a reporter for The Banner-Press. Reach him via email at eric.schucht@lee.net.

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Eric Schucht earned his bachelor's degree in journalism at the University of Oregon in 2018. He has written for The Cottage Grove Sentinel, The Creswell Chronicle, The Pacific Northwest Inlander and The Roseburg News-Review.

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