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Greg Cain addresses friends and family after taking office as Morgan County Probate Judge on Friday.
Cain takes office as Morgan probate judge
Day administers oath to successor, says goodbye to post he has held for three decades
By Sheryl Marsh
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Outgoing Morgan County Probate Judge Bobby Day pulled off his robe and watched his successor Greg Cain put his on during the newly elected judge’s swearing-in ceremony Friday.
More than 100 people were present for the occasion.
Day opened the ceremony.
“Welcome to your first day in hell,” Day told Cain. He was speaking of Cain being faced with handling his first Tuesday, when county voters will vote on a school tax.
After Day finished, the Rev. Rick Stovall told the audience, which extended into the hallway, that the county’s probate office is being passed to good hands.
He said Cain is a good Christian, father, husband and protector of the people of the county.
Stovall also lauded Day as a good public servant for the past 30 years.
Day administered the oath of office to Cain as Cain’s wife Cindy held the Bible he said she gave him when they were dating 20 years ago.
Their daughters, Grace and Hope, stood with them.
Cain said taking office is a huge step in his life and he plans to abide by the law and apply it to probate cases with a compassionate heart.
He said Day acquainted him with the duties of the office.
“He’s been a great mentor,” Cain said of Day.
Cain commended Day for the service he’s given to county residents.
Day’s last day in office was Friday. Cain moves in Tuesday.
Day, 73, said he has enjoyed public life.
“I’ve certainly enjoyed serving the people of Morgan County,” Day said in an interview. “They’ve been a blessing to me, and I hope I’ve been of service to them.”
He said helping people made the job worthwhile.
“Whether it was helping someone who was mentally incapacitated get treatment or seeing a couple who adopted a child rejoicing, it’s brought gratitude to me,” Day said. “Just overall helping people has always been my focus, and I was given an opportunity to do that in the capacity as probate judge, and I deeply appreciate it.
Day defeated nine opponents in a 1976 primary election and then defeated his Republican challenger in the general election.
He is leaving office in compliance with a state law that prohibits judges for running for office after age 70.
Day is uncertain as to whether he will seek public office in the future.
“I am always looking for an opportunity to continue to serve people, whether it’s in a political office or a community activity,” he said.”
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