Opening remarks and welcoming statements were made by the Honorable Michael L. Brownfield who is a Federal Administrative Law Judge of the United States.
Rev. Randy Jones, member of the Cherokee County Commission gave the Invocation by starting off with a scripture found in Psalms 84: 10-12, then graciously offered prayer for Bell as he steps into this office.
Remarks then were offered by the Honorable Kirk Day, Probate Judge. Day welcomed all officials attending the ceremony. Day spoke of how he became acquainted with Bell and how he knew at first acquaintance Bell would be someone who would be seen and heard from again. Bell not only had to campaign in Cherokee County but also in DeKalb County, of which he gave both all diligence.
Day commented of “how fortunate that we are to have you as our new Circuit Judge.”
Wesley C. Mobley, Esq. Assistant District Attorney, 9th Judicial Circuit of Alabama United States Administrative Law Judge came and spoke of the type of person Judge Bell is and to congratulate him and wish him well.
The Administration of the Oath of Office was then offered by the Honorable Michael L. Brownfield.
Judge Bell’s wife and three children came forth and proudly held the Bible for the swearing in ceremony.
His wife and children then helped him as he was robed the official new Circuit Judge of the State of Alabama.
Judge Bell then went on to first thank his family for supporting him during all his time away on the campaign trail.
Bell thanked everyone for giving him the opportunity to become the new Circuit Judge.
Bell shared a brief scripture talking of the prayer Solomon prayed when he was anointed King of Israel.
Bell’s prayer is to be given an understanding heart and to discern good from bad.
Bell spoke on some things he wants to see happen as a judge.
He spoke of how he expects people to respect and honor their commitment to the courts.
If rules are broken then people should know consequences will follow.
“I will strive to maintain and promote the civility of the court system with respect. I expect to treat everyone that comes into the court honestly with respect and I expect every one of you to do the same,” stated Bell.
Rev. Mark Green, Member of the Cherokee County Board of Education, stated he was both “humbled and honored to be part of this ceremony today.”
He then gave the benediction thanking the Lord for Judge Bell and prayed his blessings upon him.