Elected officials take oath
Officers sworn in on monday
Assessor- Trent Tholen
Clerk-Treasurer- Kathy Lewis
Commissioner D2- John Engels
Commissioner D4- Wesley Rice
Public Administrator- Stephen Walsh
Recorder- Karen Ellison
Sheriff- Daniel Coverley
East Fork Constable- Paul Gilbert
Linda L. Slater
Brian E. Crowe
Bernard W. Curtis
Barbara J. Griffin
William A. Kirschner
East Fork Swimming Pool District
Travis K. Lee
William H. Eisele
Robert M. Garcia
Norma H. Davis
Steven D. Davis
Topaz Ranch Estates
Emphasizing that the people who were taking the oath of office on Monday were public servants, District Judge Tod Young swore in three waves of elected and appointed officials.
“The people who are being sworn in today, not one of them is here as a profiteer,” he said. “Not one of them ran because this job pays so well. Not one of them said ‘I’d like to get some phone calls at dinner time telling me ‘there’s a hole in the road outside of my house.’”
Young reminded the audience how fortunate they were to be Americans.
“We the people are the ones who decide how much power the government has,” he said. “It is a beautiful thing to watch every couple of years. We have the opportunity to turn over our officials. Part of the beauty we know it’s coming back up and we can always say our peace again.”
Clerk-Treasurer Kathy Lewis, who was herself sworn in for another term, recognized the longest-serving elected official in the county.
East Fork Constable Paul Gilbert took the oath for his 10th term in office on Monday.
“He will have 40 years in office when he’s done with this term,” she said.
Also sworn in on Monday were newly elected Sheriff Dan Coverley, Assessor Trent Tholen and County Commissioners John Engels and Wes Rice.
About 30 representatives of various boards at levels ranging from County Commissioner to Topaz Ranch Estates participated in the event, which had officials and their families waiting in the halls for their turn.
Douglas County is home to more than 20 elected improvement districts and boards.
Elected officials, who did not attend Monday’s swearing-in ceremony, may be sworn in at their first board meeting of the year.