PRINCETON — It was a cold, dreary December morning, but Bureau County Courthouse was full of warm smiles Monday as it marked a day of new beginnings for three offices.
Matt Eggers, Joe Birkey and Jim Reed were sworn in to their positions as Bureau County clerk, Bureau County treasurer and Bureau County sheriff, respectively.
The brief ceremony was conducted by Bureau County Circuit Judge C.J. Hollerich in the second story courtroom.
Following the oaths, Eggers thanked his family for all their support through the campaign process and election.
“It’s been tremendous,” he said.
Birkey thanked his wife, Lou Ann, for her dedication and support.
“I could not have done this without her,” he said.
He also thanked his new found family that helped him throughout the campaign.
“I did create some new friends and mentors with my new campaign family, and I appreciate their support. You coached me when I needed it and kept me going. Your support and belief in me was key in getting to this point,” he said.
Reed congratulated both Eggers and Birkey and admitted he was lucky this year for having run unopposed.
“I’d like to thank the people of Bureau County for re-electing me sheriff, “ he said.
To Eggers and Birkey, he said, “I know what you guys went through. It is a long year. … I know what you go through and what your family goes through, and your friends. It’s a lot of work, and nobody can understand that until you do it.”