A new era dawned shortly past 7:30 a.m., Tuesday, Jan. 8, with the investiture ceremony of Stacy M. Butterfield, now the Polk County Clerk of the Circuit Court/County Comptroller. Butterfield replaced newly-retired Richard M. Weiss, who had held the office since 1997. The ceremony swearing Butterfield in was held in the same Oliver Green courtroom where a farewell reception was held for Weiss — who Butterfield has often called her mentor — on Friday, Jan. 4.
A packed court room was on hand to hear Polk Board of County Commissioner Chairwoman Melony Bell welcome them, who spoke about Butterfield, calling it an honor to do so. She attributed the high turnout to Butterfield.
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