Recently-elected Carter County Court Clerk Renee Burkhart Bryant will be taking her oath of office before her official four-year term begins in January. 

The Carter County Board of Commissioners appointed Bryant to the office Monday during a regular meeting, effective Aug. 1, after approving a letter of retirement from current Court Clerk Karen Dunn. Dunn officially retires July 31. 

“After 32 years of public service, I have elected to retire,” Dunn wrote in a letter to the commissioners. “It has been an honor and a privilege to serve the citizens of Carter County. I appreciate all the Board has done for me during my employment with Carter County and wish you all the best in the future.” 

While elected officials are usually sworn into office the first Monday of January, following the General Election held in November of the previous year, Dunn’s retirement will give Bryant an extra four months in office. 

“You have big shoes to fill,” District 1 Commissioner Joe David McReynolds told Bryant on Monday.

“I know,” she said. 

Bryant will be sworn in at 10 a.m. Aug. 1 by District Judge Dennis Morris. 

Commissioners also approved a contract agreement Monday with the Chickasaw Nation for the Dickson Road Project. McReynolds said it’s an agreement for the Chickasaw Nation to pitch in $500,000 for the road resurfacing project. 

The project will include about six miles of road between U.S. Highway 70 and State Highway 199 in District 1 in the southeastern part of the county. The bid for the project was awarded to Overland Corporation totaling nearly $930,000 and must be completed by Sept. 1. 

Several annual contracts were approved Monday as well, including an intergovernmental service agreement between the city of Ardmore and the Carter County Sheriff’s Office and a contract with Western Plains Youth and Family Services Inc., and Sequoya Enterprises, Inc.