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New Clark County councilor, treasurer sworn in

Other Clark County elected officials took oath for new terms

By Jake Thomas, Columbian political reporter
Published: December 31, 2018, 4:14pm
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Under the gaze of families and supporters, Clark County Superior Court Judge David Gregerson, left, swears in (from left) Alishia Topper, Peter Van Nortwick, Chuck Atkins, Temple Lentz, Scott Weber and Julie Olson into their respective terms in office in Clark County government.
Under the gaze of families and supporters, Clark County Superior Court Judge David Gregerson, left, swears in (from left) Alishia Topper, Peter Van Nortwick, Chuck Atkins, Temple Lentz, Scott Weber and Julie Olson into their respective terms in office in Clark County government. Alisha Jucevic/The Columbian Photo Gallery

Speaking before a crowd gathered in the sixth-floor hearing room at the Public Service Center, outgoing Clark County Council Chair Marc Boldt told a group of recently elected and re-elected officials that it was a great day.

“It’s the best day you’ll have; it all goes downhill (from here),” Boldt said to laughter.

On Monday, the winners of November’s election for Clark County government were sworn in to office by Superior Court Judge David Gregerson.

Temple Lentz and Alishia Topper were sworn in for their first terms as county councilor and treasurer, respectively. Sheriff Chuck Atkins, Assessor Peter Van Nortwick, Clerk Scott Weber and county Councilor Julie Olson were also sworn in to new terms.

After taking oaths to perform the duties of their offices, and to uphold the laws and constitutions of the United States and Washington, each of the newly sworn-in officials gave brief words of thanks. Council Chair Eileen Quiring, Auditor Greg Kimsey and Clark County Public Utilities District Commissioner Jim Malinowski were sworn in to their terms last week.

“In a time when we are overwhelmed with media messages of cynicism about public service, it’s a great time for those of us that have served, that do serve or know people who do serve,” Gregerson said.

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