The new class of County officials was sworn in on January 4, 2011 inside the chambers of the Sussex County Council in Georgetown. Retired Sussex County Superior Court Judge Bill Lee administered the oath of office to the five winners of the County offices that were up for reelection in November of 2010. Taking their oath of office were newly elected Recorder of Deeds Scott Dailey, Register of Wills Cynthia Green and Sheriff Jeff Christopher. County Councilman Vance Phillips and George Cole also took their oaths of office. Each official took an oath to “uphold and defend the Constitution of [their] country and state” and to always “place the public interest above any personal interest.”
Mr. Dailey, Cynthia Green and Jeff Christopher all ran countywide races as newcomers to the political process. Regardless, they were successful at returning all the row offices of Sussex County to the Republican Party. Mr. Dailey defeated incumbent John Brady by a margin of 50.65 to 48.3%. Mrs. Green defeated Democratic opponent Gregory Fuller by a margin of 57.4% to 42.6%. Mr. Christopher defeated incumbent Sherriff Eric Swanson by a margin of 53.8 to 46.2.
In an anti-incumbent year Councilmen Vance Phillips and George Cole were able to retain their seats on the Council. Councilman Vance Phillips defeated Dennis Cordrey by a margin on 60.4% to 39.6%. Councilman George Cole defeated Russell Melrath by a margin of 60.75 to 39.3%. Councilman Phillips contributed these wins to the County Council’s ability to cut spending of the County budget and keep taxes from rising.
The row offices and County Council seats are each four-year terms and will be up for reelection in 2014.