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County Elected Officials Take The Oath

Karen Snyder, Ktwo Radio News

Natrona County Elected Officials took their oath of office Monday morning.

Ktwo Radio’s, Karen Snyder, was there and brings up this report…

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Most of Natrona County’s elected officials are continuing in their service to the county like Treasurer Tom Doyle, Sheriff Mark Benton, District Attorney Mike Blonigen.  Most ran unopposed and were sworn in to their new terms at the Townsend Justice Center on the first working day of the new year.

Natrona County Coroner, Connie Jacobsen, is newly elected, but had been serving since the retirement of Doctor James Thorpen who died in late October.

One new County Commissioner, however, steps up; Bill McDowell is new to the County Board of Commissioners, but has many years of public service behind him.  “Probably twenty years of experience on public boards, both elected and appointed, and probably that same amount of time on not for profit boards. So its been something that’s provided me with a lot of self satisfaction,” Mcdowell says.

Karen Snyder, Ktwo Radio News

McDowell says he expects county finances to be easier to deal with in the New Year.  He’s been in attendence at commission meetings regularly since his election and he knows what’s on the commission’s plate.

“We have the car issue that has to be resolved and I think the quicker its resolved the better for everybody.  I would like to- as mentioned in my election- I think its time to revisit wind energy regulations specific to both rural, residential and municipal setbacks”

McDowell led the commissioner’s race in November eliminating incumbent Barb Peryam in the process.

He’ll be seated at the table as a full member when the commission meets for the first time this year.

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