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Incoming Forsyth County solicitor general sworn in
Solicitor General William Bill Finch was sworn in Thursday. His term will begin in January. - photo by Kelly Whitmire

CUMMING — After winning the office in July, now it’s official.

Incoming Forsyth County Solicitor General William “Bill” Finch was sworn in Thursday at the Courthouse Annex.

Forsyth County Probate Court Judge Lynwood “Woody” Jordan Jr. administered the oath to Finch, who was joined by friends and family members.

Finch defeated Republican incumbent Donna Gopaul in the July primary, and was unopposed in the General Election Nov. 4.

The lack of an opponent has led to a gradual transition from private attorney to public official.

“[I’ve been] slowly closing down my practice … it’s [usually] a two- to four-week transition period between election and you taking office,” Finch said. “But since there was no Democratic opposition, it’s been a slow shutdown.”

Once he takes office in January, Finch plans to tackle teen driving safety.

The solicitor’s office handles misdemeanor criminal cases involving drug possession, domestic violence and driving under the influence.

“The things we’re looking to do are we intend to implement some teen driving programs,” Finch said. “We have a mandate from the governor to explore all alternative courts.”