The swearing-in ceremony for Pueblo County elected officials was held Tuesday morning in the theater inside the Sangre de Cristo Arts & Conference Center. Friends, family, and co-workers gathered for the event.
The following elected officials were sworn in by the Honorable Judge Dennis Maes of the Tenth Judicial District:
Jeff Chostner, County Commissioner
Frank Beltran, Assessor
Gilbert Ortiz, Clerk and Recorder
Randy Reeves, Surveyor
Del Olivas, Treasurer
James Kramer, Coroner
Kirk Taylor, Sheriff
In his speech, Commissioner Chostner spoke of a need to treat each other civilly now that the campaigns are over. "Partisan politics, to a large extent, should be over. This is about governing. This is about representing people with integrity and responsiveness," says Chostner.
Both Pueblo County Coroner, Dr. James Kramer, and Pueblo County Sheriff, Kirk Taylor, swore in their employees at the ceremony, as well. Taylor says, the deputies swearing-in is a long standing tradition that has several benefits, not the least of which promotes reformation of a common goal. "I think it kind of coagulates everybody, once again, for another four years," says Taylor.
Sheriff Taylor also addressed the state of our country, and the need for all to remember what he calls, "the human condition." "I think what we've forgotten, and what we've lost, as a community; not just in this community but across the nation, as I think was demonstrated in this last visceral election cycle; is we've forgotten about personal responsibility," says Taylor.
The ceremony lasted an hour, and was followed by a reception in the lobby of the theater.