Administering the oath of office was Penney Barker, the manager of the Business and Licensing Division of the Secretary of State’s Office. Barker has served as division manager since 1995 and has been a notary public since 1996. She began working in the Secretary of State’s Office in 1981 and has served during five administrations. West Virginia Code section 29(C)-3-101 lays out the duties of notaries public, including the power to administer oaths and affirmations. Tennant said she asked Barker to administer the oath because of the enormous contribution made by that division in making it easier to run a business in West Virginia and to highlight the importance of notaries public.

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