Before a crowd of friends, family and public officials, Joe Norwood took the oath of office as Lauderdale County's District 4 supervisor.
Justice Court Judge Robbie Robinson officiated.
Board president Craig Hiit of District 3 said the direction of the board could change.
"I think it's very possible," said Hitt. "Any change can certainly change the thoughts and possibly the direction. And I certainly look forward to actually hearing what his plans are and what his thoughts are of what he's expecting, not only for District 4 but Lauderdale County as a whole."
"There's certainly a new mix on the board," said Mayor John Robert Smith. "I think Joe will play a pivotal role in that makeup of five individual supervisors."
Norwood said he's ready for the challenge ahead.
"I will keep an open ear and make sure I stay in touch with all those people who are involved," said Norwood. "When I get ready to make a decision on things, I'll make sure that I study each issue and make a clear decision on what I think is best for this community."
Norwood's first meeting with the board will be a work session Wednesday morning. He won a special election to fill the un-expired term of the late Coach Q.V. Sykes.