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Officials will be sworn in Jan. 1

by Merrie Leininger, staff writer

A state law will bring a few county employees and newly-elected officials to the county commission chambers Jan. 1 when most of us have a day off.

“The law is (that) the swearing-in of newly-elected officials must be on the first Monday of January,” said Douglas County Clerk-Treasurer Barbara Reed. “The (county commission) meeting will follow afterwards. It is the organizational meeting to select the commission chairman and vice-chairman.”

The ceremony is open to the public.

Reed explained the county, school district and GID officials who were elected in November – even if they are incumbents – will be sworn in Jan. 1. Some people who are unable to attend the ceremony conducted by Douglas County district judges Dave Gamble and Michael Gibbons will be sworn in by Reed at the boards’ first meeting of the year.

“It is the official oath of office prescribed by the Nevada Revised Statutes. It will be held in the commission chambers at 11 a.m.,” Reed said. “(Judges) Gamble and Gibbons will be officiating. They will say a few words to wish them well. Since it’s on a holiday, it probably will be pretty brief.”

Reed said the oath orders the officials to uphold the law and Constitution of the United States and all the states.

“It is to emphasize the importance of the elected position they hold and the responsibility they have to their constituents to do an honest job with integrity and sincerity,” Reed said.

Reed said because a decision has not been made in the lawsuit filed by the Douglas County School District against teacher Randy Green, he will probably not be sworn in Jan. 1 as a school board trustee.

A hearing in the case is scheduled in Judge Gibbons’ courtroom Dec. 29.