The public and public officials alike flocked to the Calaveras County Government Center to witness the swearing-in of newly and re-elected officials on Jan. 4.
More than 100 friends, family and county employees gathered in the Calaveras County Board of Supervisors chambers to watch as two new supervisors and six other county officials swore to uphold the Constitution of the United States and to carry out their duties.
It was a ceremony conducted by District 1 Supervisor Gary Tofanelli, lasting less than three minutes.
“I have been asked to swear all the newly elected in and re-elected into office, and I’m very honored to do so,” Tofanelli said. He asked those being sworn in to raise their right hands. Then joking, he addressed incoming District 3 Supervisor Merita Callaway, “and afterwards, Merita, I’m going to mirandize you.”
This is not Callaway’s first time as a supervisor, and she’s ready to get back to work.
“You don’t run for office unless you’re serious,” Callaway said after taking her oath. “I’m serious about it.”
Callaway said there are about 10 priorities to tackle, beginning with filling the position of County Administrative Officer. She said the board would also be tackling the county’s general plan update, looking at various issues related to wildfires and one issue that continues to be a hot topic.
“I’m not going to hide from the cannabis issue,” Callaway said.
Along with Callaway, Ben Stopper will be taking the reins of District 5, having unseated Clyde Clapp. Sheriff Rick DiBasilio was also sworn in again, as well as District Attorney Barbara Yook and County Assessor Leslie Davis.
“I feel very good about this group and how we’ll work together,” said District 2 Supervisor Jack Garamendi. “We have a tremendous amount of work to do, and we’re moving in a positive direction.”