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Yelm Councilors sworn-in today –
While city overlaps outgoing Councilors’ farewell

Thurston County Auditor Mary Hall delivers the oath of office
to Yelm Councilors Molly Carmody and Joe DePinto,
as Rep. Denny Heck looks on. Photo credit: Daniel Crowe

Thurston County Auditor Mary Hall gave the oath of office to elected officials throughout the County, which included Yelm’s Molly Carmody (Pos 2) and Joe DePinto (Pos 6), as well as Yelm’s Bald Hill Fire Commissioner Bill Owen. The Thurston County Sheriff’s Color Guard kicked-off the event with a beautiful Flag Ceremony, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance led by Thurston County Commissioner (District 3) Bud Blake, and inspiring Invocation by Joan Cathey (Tumwater City Council) and a Welcome Address by Mary Hall.

The keynote speaker was Rep. Denny Heck of the 10th Congressional District at home on holiday during the recess. Rep. Heck acknowledged the elected officials for their commitment to the value of public service followed by Certificates of Election and Oaths of Office by Auditor Hall.

Responses were presented by a cross-section of invitees and included:
* Yelm Council member Molly Carmody
* Port of Olympia Commissioner Joe Downing
* Thurston County Commissioner Cathy Wolfe

Councilor Carmody’s address was an eloquent, honest and sincere portrayal of what motivated her to run for public office, including what she called the “oligarchy” in Yelm she said was run by a small of group of people that have their own agendas. She spoke of the need to listen to all constituents and invite them to participate in their government, which is required under our form of government and to develop the public trust – that to shun the public leads to a low voter turnout and lack of citizen participation. This was a very inspiring and uplifting speech, as echoed by some local, county and state officials.
Click here for Councilor Carmody’s speech.

Editor’s Note:
Carmody’s speech about Yelm’s “oligarchy” was borne out at the reception that followed, when revealed that Mayor Harding was not present at the swearing-in of his new Councilors, as he was conducting a 4pm farewell in Yelm for outgoing Council members. The newly sworn-in Councilors had been invited to attend the Yelm function, however could not be there since they were attending the public ceremony and reception for them in Olympia. This has an appearance of a snub to the new Councilors by Mr. Harding, or bad planning – or both!

From the City & County of San Diego Administration Bldg. facade
Taken December 27, 2015
Photo credit: Ron Moon

– UPDATE: January 1, 2015
“Yelm, Rainier Councilors Sworn into Office”
“New Councilor Worries About the Future of Democracy in Yelm”
By Steven Wyble, Nisqually Valley News.
Read more

Posted by Steve on December 29, 2015 at 5:28 pm | Permalink

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