Don Wilson, recently selected to fill the position by Governor Sonny Perdue, was sworn into office July 28 at 10 a.m. in the Governor’s office at the state capitol. Wilson’s wife, Eulalie, was at his side holding the Bible.
“The people of this circuit count on your wisdom, good judgement, compassion and concern, and to also do what’s right,” said Gov. Perdue to Wilson. “I know we can count on you doing that.”
Surrounded by family and friends, Wilson began by addressing the group.
“We’re honored to have each of you here. This is a real special day — so special that we got here at 8:30,” he joked, noting his anxious and early arrival for the ceremony.
“It’s such an honor to receive this appointment,” Wilson continued. “The support I have is very humbling, and I really appreciate it.”
After thanking his family for their support, Wilson addressed the judges of the circuit.
“I expect to have an open office; one that is accessible and will work with you and for you,” he said. “We’re there to serve you and your courts, and to help you in the efficient operation of your courts.
“To those of you in law enforcement, my office will be staffed with people receptive to the different departments. We’re there to serve you and all the people of the Tallapoosa circuit. We certainly want to hear your comments, questions, and suggestions.”
Wilson finished in saying, “I pray that God will give me the wisdom, strength and courage to serve the people of the Tallapoosa circuit in the way I should.”
Following the District Attorney’s comments, Governor Perdue closed the ceremony with a humorous warning for would-be criminals.
“I have one more word to the anyone in the Tallapoosa circuit who breaks the law. You’ve got till sundown to get out of town.”