Clallam- Tharinger, Robertsen sworn in

Peninsula Daily News

December 31, 2003 - PORT ANGELES -- Clallam County Superior Court Judge George Wood said he was swearing in two personal friends Tuesday when he gave oaths of office to Rob Robertsen and Steve Tharinger.

With his oath, Robertsen became the county's -- and nation's -- first elected community development director. Tharinger started his second four-year term as a county commissioner from Dungeness.

``One of the more enjoyable times with this job are adoptions, and this is another,'' Wood told family members, supporters and other county elected and administrative officials attending the swearing-in ceremony Tuesday morning at the county's Old Courthouse courtroom.

Wood told the audience that he has known Tharinger as a friend since they attended Colorado College together in Colorado Springs. The judge said Robertsen's wife, Elizabeth, was his secretary before Wood took the bench.

Prior to their oaths, Robertsen and Tharinger said they were honored to take office.

Robertsen, 68, defeated hired community development director, Bob Martin, who was honored by the commissioners a week ago for his eight years as the county's top planner.


Two county elected officials sworn in
December 31st, 2003 - 5:18am


(Port Angeles) --- Superior Court Judge George Wood swore in re-elected Clallam County Commissioner Steve Tharinger and newly-elected Director of the Department of Community Development Rob Robertson Tuesday at the Clallam County courthouse. Tharinger told KONP News that the Commissioners have worked through the toughest times, budgetarily, where they have had to downsize the workforce and cut the budget by over 12 percent. He says he hopes those days are behind the county and he looks ahead to working on the county’s comprehensive plan and stormwater and wastewater issues during his next term. New DCD Director Rob Robertson says he plans to uphold his major campaign issue, streamlining the permit Robertson says he plans to implement a permit center similar to one he put together in 1993 when he was the county’s building official.


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