Lake County Officials Sworn Into Office
It was standing room only in the Lake County courtroom this morning as family, friends, and staff gathered to witness five of the six recently elected officials being sworn into office by the Honorable Lake County Judge Jonathan Shamis in Leadville Today.
It was lucky number seven when it comes to Swearing In ceremonies for Lake County Clerk and Recorder Patty Berger, who has held that position since 1995. As such, she was aptly prepared with the necessary paperwork for the rest of the newly elected class to raise their hand for the oath and put their signature to official documents.
A duly noted historic note was the swearing in of Lake County’s first woman Sheriff, as Officer Amy Reyes raised her hand before an encouraging crowd of family, friends and law enforcement. Reyes was the top pick with 40.58% of the vote (1,161) in last fall’s race for the top law office in Lake County. Her field of competitors was deep, pitting her against four males, including Leadville’s Police Chief. It’s a new chapter for the office, so stay tuned for Leadville Today’s upcoming interview with the new Sheriff in town!
Lake County Treasurer Padric Smith took the oath for a second term, having run unopposed in 2018. Another Lake County official who is seeing his second term in office is Coroner Shannon Kent.
On the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) Kayla Marcella (D) will replace commissioner Dolores Semsack (D) joining sitting commissioners Sarah Mudge (D) and Mark Glenn (R).
Noticeably absent was Lake County Assessor Miguel Martinez; no staff or representative offered an explanation as to why he was not at the official Swearing In of Lake County Offices.
CO Democrats Mark ‘Historic Inauguration’
While there was a historic first in Leadville Today, one mile below, hundreds of Coloradans descended upon the State Capitol to witness four new, statewide elected officials be sworn into office – all Democrats. Dave Young was sworn in as State Treasurer, Jena Griswold was sworn in as Secretary of State, Phil Weiser was sworn in as Attorney General, and Jared Polis was sworn in as Governor. This will be the first time in at least 70 years that Democrats have held all four offices.
“This is an incredibly exciting and proud moment in Colorado history. Over the past two years, thousands of Coloradans mobilized at the grassroots to ensure that a wave of bold, progressive leadership was elected to protect the Colorado way of life,” said Colorado Democratic Party Chair Morgan Carroll. “I am so proud to have had the opportunity to witness today’s historic inauguration, and I know these leaders sworn in today, in addition to the many elected this November, will serve their communities well.”
Now that’s something that EVERYONE might be able to agree on. Stay tuned!