Josh Pounders, son of the late longtime DeSoto County Coroner Jeff Pounders, was sworn in as interim DeSoto County Coroner Tuesday by DeSoto County Chancellor Percy Lynchard, as friends and family members looked on.
Pounders will stand for election in November. He succeeds his father Jeffery, who served as DeSoto County Coroner for more than three and half decades.
"Today, with the help of family, friends and all five of our wonderful DeSoto County Supervisors, I began a new chapter in my life," Pounders said. "The DeSoto County Supervisors appointed me to serve in my father's position as interim Desoto County Coroner. I'm very thankful to them for trusting me with the opportunity to serve the people of DeSoto County."
In a statement Pounders posted on social media, he thanked the staff of deputy coroners and administrative staff who worked alongside his father.
Pounders pledged to work diligently to "keep up with the growth of DeSoto County, and ensure that the Coroner's Office works closely with all agencies across the county with the ultimate goal of this office operating more efficiently than ever before."
Along with thanking the Board of Supervisors for their trust and confidence, Pounders asked for the prayers and support of the community.
"To the citizens of DeSoto County, I ask for your prayers and your blessings over the next several months as I learn and work hard day and night for your family and ultimately your support," Pounders said.
Newly-sworn in Board of Supervisors President Mark Gardner said Tuesday's swearing-in of Josh Pounders was emotional for county officials and family members alike.
"It was a very emotional time for all of us," Gardner said. "We all teared up due to the loss of our friend Jeffery. We know it's what Jeffery would have wanted but it was facing the reality of our buddy being gone."
Robert Lee Long is Community Editor of the DeSoto Times-Tribune. He may be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 662-429-6397, Ext. 252.