Several new leaders sworn into office in Limestone County

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ATHENS, Ala. (WHNT)-- It was standing room only at the Limestone County Event Center Sunday, as three new commissioners were sworn into office.

Stanley Hill of District 1, Jason Spencer Black of District 3, and Chairman Mark Yarbrough promised to fulfill the duties of their positions to the best of their abilities at the ceremony.

Their speeches were tied by a common thread: a hope for cooperation.

"This will be a successful term if everybody works together," said Hill. "We are all in this together, the taxpayers [and us.]"

These three are fresh, never having been elected to these positions before.

Yarbrough said this will also be a big transition for the county.

"You've got new blood, new energetic blood. And I think it's great," he said.

As he moves into office, he promises more economic growth through increased partnerships between the county and its municipalities.

Mayors from Limestone County municipalities and other county leaders were in the audience Sunday.

Yarbrough explained, "In the past [Limestone County] almost had an isolationist attidude. We don't have that luxury anymore."

Transparency is also a major focus.

He's promising to literally take the door off of his office to become more accessible to the public.

"I know it's more of a symbolic thing," said Yarbrough, "But it's a start of where we're going to be, [to be more] open. We're going to stream on our website, the commission meetings. That's never been done before."

Yarbrough also shared that an audit is coming for the county's books in an effort to find ways to save money.

"I just need to find a basis point so the commission knows, where are we now?" he said.