“For I know the plans that I have for you says the Lord. They are plans for good and not for disaster to give you a future and a hope.”-Jeremiah 29:11.
The Rev. Tim Douglas, pastor, Leesburg Church of God of Prophecy, shared this passage during the recent swearing in ceremony for Dustin Charles St. Clair, who officially assumed his office as Cherokee County Revenue Commissioner recently.
A packed house of family, friends and colleagues gathered in the Cherokee County Commission meeting room of the Cherokee County Administration Building for the ceremony.
Cherokee County District Court Judge Wes Mobley administered the oath of office to St. Clair as he pledged to “support the Constitution of the United States of America and the Constitution of the State of Alabama so long as I continue a citizen thereof and that I will faithfully and honestly discharge the duties of the office of revenue commissioner of Cherokee County, Ala. to the best of my ability so help me God.”
“I do thank everybody for coming out today,” said St. Clair. “I really appreciated the support.”
St Clair introduced his pastor, Rev. Douglas, who shared a few words about the occasion.
“As Dustin stopped by the church a while back as this journey began, he was discussing this and he came by to talk it over with me,” said the Rev. Douglas. “He began to tell me about the position and about the election. That was the verse of scripture that I began to talk to him about that day.”
“I said ‘Dustin I will tell you what. I will begin to pray that if this the plans God has for you then God will grant this, that God will open this door,”’ said the Rev. Douglas. ‘“But the only way I will do this and I will agree to do this with you is if you will accept that if this door doesn’t open, it was God’s plan for it to go in a different direction.”’
“And we both agreed with that in the very beginning because we knew it would be a very long campaign and a long process to go through,” said the Rev. Douglas. “That was our agreement and so we talked about it several times throughout the months and even up to the night of the election we were still talking about that and just praying because if it was not God’s will, we didn’t want him to step through that door.”
“We all know we are here today how that turned out and we thank God for that opportunity and we continue to pray for Dustin and his entire family because a position like this does include the family,” said Rev. Douglas. “We pray that God would continue to lead them and to guide them and to direct them.
“We thank all of you for coming out today to show your support for this family,” said Rev. Douglas.
Incoming Revenue Commissioner St. Clair said a few words of gratitude as well.
“I just want to take a couple of minutes to thank everybody that supported me through this whole process, most importantly, my wife, my two boys,” said St. Clair.
“I want them to know that,” said St. Clair. “It was a lot of long nights to come home from another job, change of clothes going out, calling Mandy at 9 or 10 at night saying ‘please keep Clayton up so I can see him before he goes to sleep,”’ said St. Clair. “And she did that without complaining. She never said ‘Why are you going again?’ She just did what needed to be done and I appreciate her for that.”
“I thank my parents, of course, for always being there when I went and talked with them,” said St. Clair. “I talked to all of my family and when I went and talked to them they were behind me, most importantly in prayer.”
“My brother and his wife and family, I just can’t say enough about everything they have done through this whole process and the sacrifice they have made,” said St. Clair.
St. Clair also extended his appreciation to his in-laws for their continued support throughout the election and campaign.
“You will never know how much I appreciate all of them,” said St. Clair. “For everyone else in this room, I appreciate the support, the kind words, prayers. It has been a long process and I have been asked a thousand times when am I taking office because it has been 11 months. I thank everybody for being patient. We start tomorrow. I am excited to get into the office and do some different things. My number one priority is to just be here for the taxpayers to help them.”
As incoming revenue commissioner, St. Clair pledged to continue maintaining the excellent programs and services offered by the revenue commissioner’s office and to continue improving upon them.