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Rachel Dove-Baldwin

Staff Writer

WILLIAMSON — A swearing-in ceremony was held during Wednesday’s Mingo County Commission meeting, as Circuit Court Judge Michael Thornsbury administered the oath of office to Jeffrey Cline, of Gilbert, following his appointment to the Civil Service Board for Deputy Sheriffs.

Cline, who is a lifelong resident of Mingo County and a former candidate for the office of Sheriff, was appointed to fill the expired seat previously held by Charlie Justice. Cline was appointed by members of the Mingo County Commission after the local Bar Association failed to name a replacement.

Cline told the Daily News that his responsibilities will include assisting with laying out guidelines for the testing procedures for sheriff deputy candidates and if and when a problem should arise such as a disciplinary matter, the three-person board will hear the case and make a ruling. They are also responsible for maintaining the hiring roster for the sheriff’s department.

Cline is a graduate of Gilbert High School and is the father of one son, Christopher Wade Cline, who is stationed with the U.S. Air Force in Mountain Home, Idaho. The new board member lost his father during the 2012 Christmas season after a long illness and had experienced the same scenario with his mother a couple of years ago. Cline stated that suffering these losses changed his perspective on life and made him more aware of how fragile life is, and said that he never wants to take one day for granted.

“I want to thank the County Commission for this opportunity, for trusting my abilities to perform these duties. No matter what task is at hand or what issues we may face, I will always strive to do a fair and just job for the residents of Mingo County and for the sheriff deputies,” remarked Cline. “My philosophy in life bleeds over into everything that I do, and there are 3 points that I know I must live by every day to be happy. Number 1 – we all must have someone to love; number 2 – we must have something to do that gives us purpose; and number 3 – we need something to look forward to…something that keeps us excited about tomorrow.”

“You may say what does all of this have to do with my appointment to the Civil Service Board…it’s simple. If you live your life with goals and a purpose such as these, you will succeed and do a great job at whatever you find yourself involved with, whether it’s personal or professional. This is the attitude I plan to use in my position with the Civil Service Board, as well as in other job that I do.”

Cline asked to express his appreciation to his pastor, Clifford Rawls of the Reach Out Community Church at Gilbert for attending Wednesday’s swearing-in, as well as Carlos Mounts, his late-father’s best friend that traveled to Williamson to stand in his father’s place.

Cline remarked that a meeting of the Civil Service board will be scheduled in the near future to address matters that require attention.

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