Dallas County adds new, dynamic leaders

Published 2:47 pm Tuesday, January 15, 2019

I’m excited about the new leadership coming into Dallas County.

Three people were elected to different positions since June 5 in Dallas County: Probate Judge Jimmy Nunn, County Circuit Clerk Lynnethia Robinson and Sheriff Mike Granthum.

I loved the camaraderie they all share with each other, especially the unwavering support. They all attended each other’s swearing in ceremony.

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Nunn was the last one to get sworn in, which took place on Jan. 12 at Wallace Community College-Selma. His ceremony was electrifying, especially the sound that came from Rev. Evelyn Scott’s booming voice. Scott formed a circle around Nunn, his wife and Circuit Court Judge Marvin Wiggins.

I had the perfect photo for my story until Circuit Court Judges Collins Pettaway and Don McMillian both participated in the swearing in with Wiggins. I would’ve been mad at myself if I left McMillan and Pettaway out of the photo.

I also enjoyed seeing former probate judge Johnny Jones pass the gavel to Nunn as well as his mother and mother-in-law putting the robe on him.

Granthum’s swearing in was equally impressive. He was supposed to have sworn in at the probate judge’s office, but the unexpected crowd overflow forced the event to take place in the commission chambers.

Swearing in Granthum was the last act for probate judge Kim Ballard on his final day in office. He spoke highly of Granthum and believes he’ll make a good sheriff.

Robinson was the earliest to get sworn in, which occurred on Aug. 3, 2018 at the Dallas County Courthouse. She was sworn in by Dallas County Circuit Court Judge Bob Armstrong.

When Robinson worked in the Dallas County Clerk office in 2007, she made it her goal to become county circuit clerk. A decade later, her dream became a reality.

Robinson can carry a tune as well. She won the Central Alabama Fair Sing-Off on Oct. 4, 2018 at the Lions Club and delivered a solo at Ballard’s retirement party.

Under Nunn, Granthum and Robinson, Dallas County is in good hands.