Auditor Greg Kimsey and Clark PUD Commissioner Jim Malinowski also took their oaths of office in a ceremony at the county building
CLARK COUNTY — While she won’t officially take over the center chair until Jan. 1, Eileen Quiring was sworn in Wednesday as the new Clark County chair.
“I took this position very seriously when I ran for this office,” Quiring told the crowd of mostly supporters and fellow county employees inside the council chambers. “I was basically recruited and thought ‘no, I didn’t want to,’ but then I just decided to do it. And once I decided to do it I was in all the way.”
Quiring, a Republican, defeated challenger Eric Holt in the general election by less than 1,000 votes. She replaces incumbent Marc Boldt, who finished third in the primary election.
“And now I look forward to, most of all, serving the people of Clark County,” said Quiring, “doing the very best for them and always keeping in mind when I make a decision that they will be affected, and I want them to be affected positively.”
Also sworn in Wednesday by District Court Judge Darvin Zimmerman were County Auditor Greg Kimsey, who ran unopposed, and Jim Malinowski, who was re-elected to the Clark Public Utilities Commission.
David Alt, a campaign volunteer and principal at the local design firm 9th Street Studio, led a prayer over Quiring after the swearing in.
Two council members will be sworn in next Monday, before a final emergency supplemental budget meeting for the current version of the council; Temple Lentz, who unseated incumbent Jeanne Stewart in District 1, and Julie Olson, who was re-elected in District 2.