Swearing in, moving out

Routt County officials changing the guard

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— Routt County election results become a reality today when county officials are sworn in.

Routt County Court Judge James Garrecht will swear in Routt County Commissioner-elect Diane Mitsch Bush, Routt County Assessor-elect Mike Kerrigan and re-elected officials including Routt County Clerk and Recorder Kay Weinland, in a brief 8 a.m. ceremony on the second floor of the Routt County Courthouse Annex. Routt County Sheriff-elect Gary Wall requested a separate ceremony, and will be sworn in by District Judge Michael O'Hara at noon in the Routt County Courthouse.

Wall will be sworn in along with deputies from the Routt County Sheriff's Office, who must be sworn in under their new sheriff. Wall cited scheduling concerns when asking current county commissioners for the separate ceremony.

Today also marks the end of county service for outgoing officials including Commissioner Dan Ellison, Sheriff John Warner and Assessor Amy Williams. All three were honored at a standing-room-only reception Thursday night at the Sheraton Steamboat Resort.

Williams spent much of Monday tying up loose ends in her office at the Routt County Courthouse. Ellison chose not to participate in commissioner proceedings Monday.

"He decided to make a clean break," Commissioner Nancy Stahoviak said of Ellison's absence. "It's going to be an adjustment for him."

Mitsch Bush, who takes over for Ellison as Steamboat's representative on the board of commissioners, attended Monday's commissioner proceedings and pored through a substantial pile of binders, reports, and county information.

"I've been reading ever since I started running (for office)," Mitsch Bush said. "It's like the scout motto: 'Be prepared.'"

Mitsch Bush will spend Wednesday, Thursday and Friday in Denver this week, attending an orientation and training session for new county commissioners. Colorado Counties Inc., a statewide organization of county commissioners and officials, is hosting the session.

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