Fort Bend County will hold a swearing-in ceremony for its new sheriff and other elected officials. But the ceremony will be online-only.
County officials announced that Friday’s swearing-in ceremony will be a virtual event that will be streamed on the county’s website and social media channels beginning at 10 a.m.
The ceremony will take place at the Fort Bend County Courthouse, but because of the rise of COVID-19 cases in the area, the public and media will not be allowed to watch the ceremony in the courthouse.
Bridgette Smith-Lawson will be sworn in on Friday to become the county’s first African American woman to be county attorney.
Also, county commissioners Vincent Morales and Andy Meyers will also have their swearing-in ceremony after both men won their reelection bid.
Also, Mike Beard, Daryl Smith, Chad Norvell and Nabil Shike will be sworn in as county constables.
The ceremony will be streamed at www.fortbendcountytx.gov and on YouTube. Also, Fort Bend County Judge KP George will have the ceremony on his Facebook page.
Eric Fagan, who will become the first African American to be sheriff of Fort Bend County in over 240 years, will have his ceremony on Saturday, Jan. 2 at noon. His ceremony will be live streamed and include a presentation of colors by the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office Honor Guard and introduction of descendants of Walter Moses Burton.
Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner will also be introduced.
The Rev. Anthony S. Haughton will serve as master of ceremony and Shaykh Iman Tauqeer Shah Acharya Dr. Suyanarayan Nanda will offer the prayer.
Fagan’s pastor, The Rev. Dr. Marcus D. Cosby, will bless the sheriff and his command staff.
Afterward the presentation of colors, recording artist MelSoulTree will sing the National Anthem and Tyrone Grant and Melissa Grant will sing the Negro National Anthem.
Ruth Simmons, president of Prairie View A&M University, Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee and Congressman Al Green will be guest speakers.
Afterward, Grammy Award-winning artist Yolanda Adams will sing “Never Give Up.”
After the swearing-in is completed, Fagan is scheduled to make some remarks.
The public is invited to watch the ceremony live at https://livestream.com/thefortbend.
Fagan won his election to the seat in November.