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Newly Elected Official’s Guide to Taking Office

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Reviewed Date: July 21, 2021

Original Author: 
O'Hara, Stephanie Allen
Date of Material: 
Nov 14, 2019

City council--Procedure
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Newly Elected Official’s Guide to Taking Office

You just won an election for your municipal office. Now what? We address some common questions of when and how you take office, who may administer your oath, and what information should be included the oath of office in this document. Sample oath templates for boards, judges and other offices are included for Tennessee municipal use. Also, we have short online course (City Byte) linked below that will walk you through the following topics: when do you take office, who can swear you in, what should be in the oath and what's next.

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