The chambers of the Superior Court in South Bend were packed last Thursday afternoon (standing room only) for the swearing-in ceremony for newly elected and re-elected officials. Pacific County Superior Court Judge Michael Sullivan, above left, performed the duties of swearing in Bruce Walker (out of sight behind the judge), Scott Johnson, Pat Gardner, Renee Goodin, Elizabeth Penoyar, David Burke, Virginia Leach and Ron Hatfield. Johnson, pictured at left with Sullivan, was presented with a letter of support and congratulations from Gov. Chris  Gregoire.  He was also presented with the badge that had been worn by previous Pacific County Sheriffs Felber, Webb, Newton and Benning. Johnson becomes the Chinook Indian Tribe’s highest-ranking county-elected official since the county was created by Oregon Territory in February 1851.

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