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June, 2014
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Have a Fun and Safe, Boating Season!

Please be Safe While Swimming or Rafting.

Sheriff’s Office Awards Ceremonies

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 Newly Elected Officials Take Oath of Office.

Dozens take part in annual ceremonies.

There is not a lot of glamour, but the jobs are very important and the folks who fill elected positions in Thurston County should take pride in their contribution to the community. That was the theme of the swearing in ceremonies held recently in Olympia. Dozens of locally elected officials took the oath of office December 22nd at the Olympia School District Administrative Center on Eastside Street.

Thurston County Auditor Kim Wyman hosted the event and told the crowd that the so-called off-year elections are the most important for the community. “While the presidential election every four years gets all the press coverage, it’s these elections that have the most impact. Those chosen for city councils, school boards and other local offices are the people who make the decisions that most affect our everyday lives.”

Thurston County Sheriff John Snaza was the keynote speaker. He advised the newly elected officials to savor the moment of their swearing in, because the hard work of being an office holder begins right after. He said office holders need to have vision, commitment and dedication to doing the right thing. “And that includes doing the right thing when no one is looking.” He also reminded the officials that they need to make themselves available to their constituents and to make sure that their process is transparent to the public. “Surround yourself with good people who can give you wise counsel; you’ll need it.”

Among those sworn in to office was Thurston County Superior Court Judge Lisa Sutton. In all, more than two dozen people took the oath of office for city councils, school boards, fire districts and other offices.

By John Tennis

New Judge Lisa Sutton speaks to the crowd. New Judge Lisa Sutton speaks to the crowd.