At the stroke on midnight on Jan. 1, a number of elected officials will ring in the New Year by taking their seats.

The ceremonious oath will make changes in certain offices as a number of veteran officials serve their final hours in the coming days.

Andrew "Andy" Lucas will be sworn in as county attorney after running unopposed in the Nov. 6 election.

Lucas, who has served as city attorney for about a decade, will move into the office occupied by County Attorney Ron Hankins for the last 20 years.

Sheriff Greg Doyle also ran unopposed in November, but won the Republic nomination in a landslide during May's primary election. Doyle denied a challenge from Lincoln Mathey.

County Tax-Assessor Darlene Chambers warded off a challenge from Yolanda Reynolds in the Republican primary and also ran unopposed in the general election.

Karolee Wolfe, incumbent constable, pct. 1, ran unopposed in both elections.

Meanwhile, new commissioners will take their seats in two precincts.

Larry Hulsey, who served a previous commissioners court stint, defeated incumbent Zach Cummings, Pct. 1, in the primary election and ran unopposed in November.

A first-time official, Kenneth "Woody" Wood will be sworn into the office vacated Lloyd Wirt, commissioner, pct. 3. Wood ran unopposed in the primary but defeated Democratic candidate Marty McPherson in a landslide victory in the general election.

Finally, Craig Dodson, who defeated Vic Castillo in the Republican primary and long-time incumbent Alan Thompson in November, will be sworn in as constable over precinct 2.

The officials will be sworn into office in the Somervell County Annex.