This morning, family and friends gathered in the Polk County Probate Courtroom for a short ceremony to swear in Hal Floyd and allow him to start his new job as County Commissioner on Monday.
Floyd had much of his family on hand for the swearing in ceremony, which also somewhat of a birthday present as he also celebrates his 75th birthday today.
"Now it is time to get to work," Floyd said after he took the oath from Probate Judge Linda Smith.
His swearing in wraps up several months of the county commission without a full board after Jason Ward and Stefanie Drake Burford both resigned at the end of July and the end of August respectively.
Floyd takes over the District 3 seat held by Burford, who was re-elected to office in 2016. He'll take over the rest of the remaining term in office, and won't be back up for election until 2020.
The ceremony was held just in time for Floyd to take over the seat for the November County Commission work session and meeting, being held on this coming Monday, Nov. 6 at 5:15 p.m. and Tuesday, Nov. 7 at 7 p.m.
Floyd's family came from across the country to participate in the swearing-in, his second this year. Floyd was sworn in after being elected to the District 6 School Board seat in January, and gave up his position after nepotism rules required him to resign, or his daughter in law to not be allowed an administrative role in the Polk School District as a vice principal.
Previously, Floyd said that his main goals will be to look at issues that have this year provided debate over their solution, especially involving the Polk County Landfill and the Polk County Fire Department.
Ward's District 1 seat is now filled by Jose Inglesias, who was selected for the job in September and was sworn in before his first meeting in October.