Oath of Office Sample Affidavit 2012

Oath of Office

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Kentucky state law provides that all elected city officers begin their terms of office on the first day of January following election. All city officers elected or reelected in the 2012 general election must take the oath of office provided in Section 228 of the Kentucky Constitution on or before January 1.  If an officer fails to take the required oath on or before the day the term of office begins, the office can be considered vacant and the officer shall not be eligible for the same office for a period of two years.  Please note Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government and Louisville Metro elected officials are required to complete the oath of office by the first Monday in January, which is January 7, 2013. 

The oath of office may be administered to a city official by any of the following: 

  1. Any active, retired, or senior status justice or judge of the Court of Justice or active, retired, or senior status federal judge, with Kentucky jurisdiction; 
  2. Any member of the general assembly may administer the oath statewide; 
  3. Any county judge/executive, notary public, clerk of a court, or justice of the peace within their district or county; or 
  4. Legislative body members in second through sixth class cities may have the oath administered by the mayor. 


Newly elected city officials are encouraged to contact their respective cities to determine whether their cities will host any type of “swearing-in ceremony.” 

Elected officers should make arrangements for the oath of office to administered before the deadline if a city does not intend to host any ceremony or plans to conduct a ceremonial event after January 1.  If the officer receives the oath of office in private, he or she may request that the official administering the oath sign an affidavit showing the all legal requirements for taking the oath of office have been met.  View a sample affidavit here.

If you have any questions or would like additional information on the oath of office, feel free to contact the Kentucky League of Cities Legal Department at 1-800-876-4552. 

Section 228 of the Kentucky Constitution
I do solemnly swear (or affirm, as the case may be) that I will support the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of this Commonwealth, and be faithful and true to the Commonwealth of Kentucky so long as I continue a citizen thereof, and that I will faithfully execute, to the best of my ability, the office of..... according to law; and I do further solemnly swear (or affirm) that since the adoption of the present Constitution, I, being a citizen of this State, have not fought a duel with deadly weapons within this State, nor out of it, nor have I sent or accepted a challenge to fight a duel with deadly weapons, nor have I acted as second in carrying a challenge, nor aided or assisted any person thus offending, so help me God.