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Straight talk from judge at ceremony

John HartRobin Sutherland, District 4 supervisor, signs paper after being sworn in Monday at noon in the Board of Supervisors boardroom.
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It was standing room only at the Rood Administrative Center Monday for the swearing in of Nevada County’s newly elected public officials.

“This is a great day” for democracy, said Nevada County Superior Court Judge Carl F. Bryan, who presided over Monday’s ceremony.

“For the peaceful and majestic transition of power is a wonderful thing to behold,” he said.



But with the state facing a gigantic budget crisis that’s sure to be felt at the local level, Bryan cautioned the county’s public officials to carefully draw the map to meet the challenges of the future.

“I know a lot is on the plate for our new elected officials,” said Bryan, who challenged each to make Nevada County a better place.




“I know that they will work hard for their vision of Nevada County and for each of us,” he said.

Elected officials who took their oaths of office Monday included Superior Court Judges John Darlington and M. Kathleen Butz, Superintendent of Schools Terry McAteer, Sheriff Keith Royal, Treasurer-Tax Collector E. Christina Dabis, Assessor Dale Flippin, Auditor-Controller Bruce Bielefelt, District Attorney Michael Ferguson, Clerk-Recorder Lorraine Jewett-Burdick, and Supervisors Drew Bedwell and Robin Sutherland.

All but Bedwell, Sutherland and Jewett-Burdick ran unopposed this year.

Jewett-Burdick defeated challenger Kevin Waggoner in the March primary, while Bedwell and Sutherland defeated respective incumbents Bruce Conklin and Elizabeth Martin in the county’s hard-fought District 3 and 4 supervisorial races.

“It’s also good when campaigns are hard-fought and contentious, and it’s good that they will be again,” Judge Bryan said. “It will make these officeholders work harder and listen more attentively.”

WHAT: Nevada County Board of Supervisors

WHEN: Today, 9 a.m.

WHERE: Board Chambers, Eric Rood Administrative Center, 950 Maidu Ave., Nevada City.

AGENDA: Recognition and comments by newly seated Supervisors Drew Bedwell and Robin Sutherland.


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