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Joe DePinto sworn in as Mayor of Yelm (Video),
As the “Reign of Error” set to end Dec. 31,
City staff get a deserved workplace free from intimidation Jan. 3!

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Mayor-elect Joe DePinto was sworn in as Yelm’s mayor this afternoon!
He will take his office on January 1st. Credit: City of Yelm

Mayor Elect Joe DePinto Swearing In Ceremony

The swearing in of Mayor Elect Joe DePinto was officiated by Washington State Supreme Court Justice, The Honorable Debra L. Stephens.

Click here for the video, credited to the City of Yelm.

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+ Editor’s note: On January 1st, Mayor DePinto will officially take his office as Mayor of Yelm, with his first business day on January 3, along with Interim City Administrator Todd Stancil. The day will begin with relief for most city staff, as the era of intimidation, harassment, and investigations of the previous city leaders will be over. The office tensions will be disinfected in the sunshine of leaders who stand for truth, integrity, and civic process.

Our city hall will now be a place where every employee and every citizen can feel safe and heard if they have an issue. The “brain drain” from excessive turnover of personnel will hopefully come to an end.

The days of these kind of headlines on this blog and in the Nisqually Valley News (NVN) are over:

+ NVN: Investigation Shows City Administrator [Grayum] Likely Engaged in ‘Unwelcome’ Touching, Sexual Comments with Female Employees

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+ JOLT News: Other elected officials to be sworn in on live television Wed. at 3 p.m.

Thurston County Elections will host a virtual swearing in ceremony for recently elected officials at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, December 29.  

Jody Suhrbier, Executive Director of the Thurston County Dispute Resolution Center, and U.S. Representative Marilyn Strickland will address attendees.  

The ceremony will be broadcast live on Thurston Community Media’s YouTube channel. 

The elected officials to be sworn in include: 
 Port Commissioners

  • City and Town Mayors and Council members
  • School Board Directors
  • Fire Commissioners
  • Park and Recreation Commissioners
  • Cemetery Commissioners

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