HONESDALE—The new year brings in a new team of Wayne County Commissioners as Joseph Adams was sworn in at 11:30 Thursday morning, January 5th. Adams will be replacing Commissioner Jonathan Fritz who has recently been elected Pennsylvania State Representative for the 111th Legislative District.

Emotions were high yesterday morning when Fritz gave his farewell address near the end of the Commissioners meeting.

His five years of service to Wayne County has built a strong relationship with his fellow commissioners Brian Smith and Wendell Kay. In his farewell to Fritz, Smith mentioned “It's been an honor to have served with you.”

Kay seconded the idea by saying “you carry all of our best wishes with you,” going on to state “we look forward...to continuing what we have accomplished in the last five years” with Fritz now stationed in Harrisburg.

In giving his official goodbye, Fritz mentioned the joy his work brought him, saying “Serving as commissioner for the County of Wayne has been thoroughly rewarding and enjoyable.”

In taking up his duties as representative, Fritz promises “I will focus my intention on serving the constituents of the 111th legislative district.”

Immediately following Fritz' last meeting as Wayne County Commissioner, Adams was sworn in by Judge Raymond L. Hamill to a substantial audience of well-wishers. In the prelude to the oath, Hamill spoke many praises about Adams and the work he's done for the community in the past.

In a heart-felt basketball analogy, Hamill both complimented Adams character while also proving his worth by stating “he's the type of player who made everybody else on the court better because he was there.”

According to Hamill, this teamwork aptitude was the sole suggestion Kay and Smith gave to him to select a new commissioner.

In his closing remarks before swearing Adams in, Hamill professed, “Joe certainly has the gifts and talents to serve well as county commissioner.”

Adams himself commented that he was both “humbled and honored to serve the citizens of Wayne County.” He went on to mention that he is “really looking forward to the opportunity to contribute and...help move Wayne County forward.”

In Fritz' words Adams will “certainly be an asset to the team of the Wayne County commissioners,” given his administrative and financial background.

Kay admitted to having “mixed emotions” due to the great team work that was established with Fritz and the void his departure has created. He added optimistically that he believes the commissioners will be able to continue on with business as usual “in an almost seamless way with Commissioner Adams.

Also recounting Adams' success with financial endeavors, as well as his quality service as Western Wayne Superintendent, Smith mentioned looking forward to working with his new colleague. “Joe is very, very smart with money,” he said, continuing on with “in everything he's done, he's done a great job.”

Smith admitted that while he's grateful for the work that Fritz has done for Wayne county, he is optimistic that Adams will be able to fill his shoes well.