The first item on the agenda of the Jan. 9, Franklin County Commissioner meeting was the swearing in of newly elected officials. Ron Smellie (coroner), Dirk Bowles (commissioner district 3), Robert Swainston (commissioner district 2), Camille Larsen (clerk), Janet Kimpton (treasurer) and Chris Barton (assessor) were all sworn in by Judge Eric Hunn. All but Barton were incumbents already serving in the positions they were elected to.
After being sworn in the Franklin County Commissioners chose Robert Swainston to be the chairman and left their areas of responsibility the same. Bowles noted that “Boyd (Burbank) has done an admirable job. I am so glad of the relationship we have with all our elected officials.”