The Tuolumne County Board of Supervisors kicked off the year with some new faces on Monday.
The board seated two new supervisors who were elected in November and one who was re-elected in the June primary. Karl Rodefer and Sherri Brennan were sworn in for their first terms and John Gray was sworn in for a second during a special Board of Supervisors meeting.
Rodefer is replacing longtime Supervisor Dick Pland in representing Columbia and Jamestown residents, and Brennan is taking the seat previously held by Liz Bass for the district that includes the city of Sonora and some adjacent areas.
Judge Eric DuTemple presided over the ceremony, which will likely be the last for the retiring Superior Court judge who has sworn in county supervisors for 20 years.
"I think it's pretty clear that the people in this community have spoken," DuTemple said to the new board. "This community is putting their trust in you."
With the new faces, Gray becomes the senior member of the board. Supervisors Randy Hanvelt and Evan Royce are in the middle of their first four-year terms. Both Brennan and Rodefer ran their campaigns on messages of making local government more efficient, business friendly and less regulatory.
During the brief meeting, the board elected Hanvelt as board chairman and Royce as vice chairman. A large crowd of county officials and members of the public filled the board chambers, applauding the new members after taking their oaths.
No other business was on the meeting's agenda, as the board will likely hold its first full meeting of the year on Jan. 15.
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The board took a moment to honor DuTemple, who announced in November that he is retiring. He has served as a Tuolumne County Superior Court judge since 1992, after working as the county's district attorney.
"I've seen a lot of good folks come and go," he said during the meeting.
"I can't imagine a better place to grow up and raise a family," he later said.