Commissioner Greg Martin sworn in

Greg Martin

Hamilton County Commissioner Greg Martin took the oath of office this afternoon.

Martin, a Republican, defeated independent Joe Smith in a special election to represent District 3, which encompasses Hixson, Lakesite, Middle Valley and Big Ridge. He will serve the remaining two years of a term won by Marty Haynes in 2014. In August, voters elected Haynes to serve as the county assessor of property.

"I'm looking forward to serving the people of District 3 and looking to have an efficient, responsive government to the taxpayers," Martin said after the swearing-in ceremony.

Next week, Martin and his colleagues will consider his replacement on the county school board. Martin, two years into his term, resigned from the seat last week. Martin himself began his school board service as an appointee in 2012.