Ike Hodson takes the oath of office as administered by Judge Kevin Greer Monday, May 2, as Hodson's wife, Cindy, holds the Bible.(HCP photo by Rory Ryan)
Ike Hodson takes the oath of office as administered by Judge Kevin Greer Monday, May 2, as Hodson's wife, Cindy, holds the Bible.

(HCP photo by Rory Ryan)
With numerous friends and public officials gathered for the ceremony, Dwight "Ike" Hodson accepted the oath of office for Highland County Clerk of Courts Monday, May 2 in the Common Pleas Courtroom.

Highland County Common Pleas Court/Juvenile and Probate Division Judge Kevin Greer administered the oath, while Hodson's wife, Cindy, held the family Bible.

Highland County Court of Common Pleas Judge Rocky Coss welcomed guests and provided a brief history of the clerk's office.

"This job is a very challenging one," Coss said. (In fact), "it is the second-oldest job in county government, after the Common Pleas Court judges."

Coss noted that former U.S. president William Henry Harrison, the ninth president of the United States, was appointed Hamilton County Clerk of Courts in May 1836 and was the county's clerk of courts when he was elected president in 1840. (It was not immediately announced if Hodson has planned a presidential bid for 2012.)

"My staff and I are very thrilled and looking forward to working with you," Coss told Hodson.

Prior to administering the oath, Greer also spoke of the importance of citizens' cases to be handled expeditiously.

"Ike has the attributes to perform this job in a confident and professional manner," Greer said. "I want to thank the (Highland County Republican Party) Central Committee. You could not have made a better choice."

Greer added that Hodson will inherit a "great staff from Mrs. (Paulette) Donley, the former clerk of courts.
 
Donley retired as clerk of courts on April 15. She had held the elected post for more than 22 years.

Hodson thanked God; his wife, Cindy; his children, Chad and Holly; the GOP Central Committee; as well as Donley and her staff.

"I thank you all so much for coming, for being friends, and for being here today," Hodson said.

Hodson then administered the oath of office to the clerk of courts' staff members.

A brief reception followed the ceremony.