SALT LAKE CITY — In an at-times emotional ceremony Tuesday, one new and nine other familiar faces were officially sworn in to Salt Lake County's elected offices Tuesday.
The brand new: Rashelle Hobbs, who will take the place of Republican Adam Gardiner as Salt Lake County recorder, after winning 52 percent of county votes in November's election.
She is the first Democrat to become Salt Lake County recorder in more than four decades, preceded by Jeradean Pritchett Martin, who served in the post from 1970 to 1974.
"I know I'm going to be part of a great team," Hobbs said, noting she met with the office staff the day before. "We are committed to serving the constituents of Salt Lake County. … We'll continue to do that with professionalism and integrity."
Hobbs officially takes the helm of the county recorders' office Tuesday, the only fresh face among nine other Salt Lake County elected officials starting new terms.
For Salt Lake County Councilwoman Ann Granato — who has been serving in the post after being appointed through the Democratic party to fill the seat following the death of her husband, Sam Granato — Tuesday marks the official beginning of her first term won through a general election.
Granato received loud applause from the crowd of employees and county officials in the Salt Lake County Government Center's Council chambers when recognizing her late husband in a speech after she was sworn in. He died earlier this year after a battle with cancer.
"He dedicated his life to public service in so many venues, but his favorite was this Salt Lake County Council job," Granato said.
Incumbent Council members Aimee Winder Newton, Arlyn Bradshaw, Jim Bradley and Steve DeBry — all having won re-election — were also sworn in, keeping the political makeup of the County Council status quo with a slight Republican majority.
Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill and Salt Lake County Sheriff Rosie Rivera were sworn in for new terms after both beat challengers from their own staff. Salt Lake County Auditor Scott Tingley was also sworn in after winning re-election.
In a speech after she was sworn in, Rivera acknowledged her challenger, Justin Hoyal, seated in the crowd of county officials and employees, congratulating him on his promotion to deputy chief of the Unified Police Department.
"You see, in law enforcement, we set the tone," Rivera said. "We have to be professional in order to keep our public safe, and that's what's important. It's very important we stand together and be united as one. And that's what we're going to do."Comment on this story
Salt Lake County Clerk Sherrie Swensen took the oath of office for the eighth time after nearly 30 years in office. Swensen won an at-times tense challenge from her own elections director, Rozan Mitchell.
Swensen said she "would never imagine" she'd be sworn in to an eighth term before she was drowned out by loud applause from the audience. She credited her staff for working hard "to make me look good through all these years."
"I will continue to work as hard to do the best job I possibly can to provide the best public service I can to the citizens of Salt Lake County that put their trust in me," Swensen said.