November victors take their oath of office
January 9, 2013
BRECKENRIDGE – When President Barack Obama is inaugurated to his second term in the Oval Office, the event will be marked by parties and parades.
Summit County Commissioner Karn Stiegelmeier took her oath to less fanfare.
A few friends and fellow elected officials gathered at the old county courthouse in Breckenridge Tuesday morning to witness the swearing in of Stiegelmeier and fellow Commissioner Thomas Davidson.
“I am humbled and honored to be able to swear both of you in,” District Judge Mark Thompson said before giving the oaths. “I think that public service, especially as a truly elected official, is something that is cherished and valued both in our community and our nation.”
The new 5th Judicial District Attorney, Bruce Brown, was also sworn in Tuesday morning in an earlier ceremony at the Summit County Justice Center.
All three of the elected officials instated Tuesday began or continued their work the same day.
Stiegelmeier, a Democrat, retained her seat in the Nov. 6 election, beating out Republican challenger Kevin Mastin with 59 percent of the vote.
“I’m excited to move forward here in Summit County,” Stiegelmeier told the Summit Daily after the election. “I’m in the middle of a lot of projects currently, and my goals are to continue in the direction of protecting the environment, open space, improve our recreational paths and my biggest passion of protecting our community’s water sources.”
Brown, who was a Clear Creek County defense attorney for more than 20 years before winning the top prosecutor’s job, won the seat over Republican and assistant DA Scott Turner in November.
“My No. 1 priority is to make sure that victims’ rights are respected and expanded,” Brown told the Summit Daily after the election. “My primary emphasis within the office is to make sure that from the beginning of the case, victims are well-communicated with, to the end of the case, when they’re heard.”
Brown currently lives in Evergreen. He said he will likely be based out of Georgetown initially, although he sees traveling the district as a key component of the job. Brown said he may look for a second residence in Summit County at some point in the future.
He jumped in to work Tuesday with proceedings relating to a first-degree murder case out of Clear Creek County.
Brown is taking over from Mark Hurlbert, who was term limited after 10 years as the DA in District 5. He is moving on to the prosecutor’s office in the 18th Judicial District.
Davidson ran unopposed for his second term as county commissioner in November.
Jessica Smith and Paige Blankenbuehler contributed to the reporting of this story.