Quiring sworn in as new chair of Clark County

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.

Eileen Quiring takes the oath as the new county chair for Clark County. Photo by Chris Brown
Eileen Quiring takes the oath as the new county chair for Clark County. Photo by Chris Brown

“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.

Clark County Auditor Greg Kimsey was sworn in for another term of office on Wednesday. Photo by Chris Brown
Clark County Auditor Greg Kimsey was sworn in for another term of office on Wednesday. Photo by Chris Brown

“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.

Jim Malinowski takes the oath of office for another term as Clark PUD Commissioner. Photo by Chris Brown
Jim Malinowski takes the oath of office for another term as Clark PUD Commissioner. Photo by Chris Brown

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.

New Clark County Chair Eileen Quiring signs official documents after taking the oath of office. Photo by Chris Brown
New Clark County Chair Eileen Quiring signs official documents after taking the oath of office. Photo by Chris Brown
David Alt (center-left) leads a prayer over new Clark County Council Chair Eileen Quiring. Photo by Chris Brown
David Alt (center-left) leads a prayer over new Clark County Council Chair Eileen Quiring. Photo by Chris Brown
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Chris Brown comes to Clark County Today with 15 years of local news experience as a reporter, editor, and anchor at KXL News Radio and KOIN-6 TV in Portland. In 2016, he won an Oregon Association of Broadcaster's award for Best Investigative Reporting for a series on America's Violent Youth. He has also been awarded by the Associated Press for Best Breaking News coverage as editor of Portland's Morning News following the 2015 school shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon. The second oldest of eight home-schooled children, Brown graduated from high school two years early. After several odd jobs, he earned an internship at KXL Radio, eventually working his way into a full-time job. Brown has lived in Clark County his entire life, and is very excited at the opportunity to now focus full-time on the significant stories happening in his own back yard, rather than across “the river.’’ After a few years in Vancouver, he recently moved back to Battle Ground with his wife and two young daughters. When he's not working to report what's happening in Clark County, Brown enjoys spending time with his family, playing music, taking pictures, or working in the yard. He also actually does enjoy long walks on the beach, and sunsets.

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