The Butte County Board of Supervisors’ chamber was packed on January 7, 2019, when two new Butte County Supervisors were sworn into office along with several other county officials. In contrast to the Chico City Council swearing-in ceremony where attendees were under surveillance and where reporters and photographers were only allowed in designated areas and where, if you didn’t already have a seat when the meeting started, you weren’t allowed into the city council chambers at all, the Butte County swearing-in ceremony was a casual, open and friendly event where attendees could stand if they couldn’t find a seat and reporters and photographers were allowed unrestricted access to the procedure. And in a most notable contrast to the Chico City Council ceremony where only the City Clerk officiated over the swearing-in, the newly elected officials to the county offices were free to choose anyone they liked to swear them in and to have a friend or family member stand with them. Here’s a quick run-down:
The Supervisors’ chamber was packed with supporters and families of elected officials.
First, Superior Court Judge Stephen Benson administered the oath of office to re-elected, Candace Grubbs, Clerk-Recorder. Judge Benson revealed that this would Grubbs’ 9th and last term.
Diane Brown was re-elected and sworn-in to County Assessor by Candace Grubbs.
Graciela Cano Gutierrez, Auditor-Controller, wanted to use her family Bible during her swearing-in.
Mike Ramsey chose to have his wife, Carol, stand beside him. He’s been Butte County Dist. Attorney for over 31 years.
Kory Honea was elected for a second term as Butte County Sheriff-Coroner. During his tenure, two major disasters occurred that he helped to over-see: the Oroville dam spillway collapse and the deadly Camp Fire.
Troy Kidd, sworn in as Treasurer-Tax Collector. Kidd thanked former Treasurer, Peggy Moak, for her years of service.
Mary Sakuma, sworn in as County Superintendent of Schools. Sakuma said she would continue to make sure the children who survived the Camp Fire would have as normal a school experience as possible.
In the November 2018 mid-term election, Debra Lucero won over incumbent Larry Wahl for Supervisor District 2. Lucero chose Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea to conduct her swearing in ceremony.
Last, but certainly not least, Tami Ritter (on right) was also elected in the November mid-term election, replacing the retiring and ever popular District 3 Supervisor, Maureen Kirk. Ritter was sworn in by her sister, Lisa Ritter from Arizona.
Although he wasn’t there to be sworn in, newly appointed (by Gov. Jerry Brown) Butte County Superior Court Jesus Rodriguez, seemed to enjoy the ceremony.