Garrido sworn in as SK commissioner

Charlotte Garrido was sworn in as South Kitsap Commissioner on Wednesday afternoon in front of a group of county empoyees and well-wishers, stressing civic involvement, frugal spending and sustainability.

“We should continue to work together for a Kitsap County that we and generations to come will be proud to call home,” she said.

The ceremony was initially intended to include North Kitsap Commissioner Steve Bauer, who was called away at the last minute.

Bauer is now scheduled for swearing in on Monday afternoon.

Walt Washington was also sworn in as Kitsap County auditor.

The ceremony was attended by his predecessor, Karen Flynn.

Garrido also introduced her new assistant, Washington State University Extension employee Rhiannon Fernandez.

“I have worked with Rhiannon before,” Garrido said. “She is very dependable and will help me with my special projects and needs.”

Added Fernandez, “Charlotte is my inspiration. I have learned a lot from watching her work.”

Garrido said she interviewed six highly qualified candidates for the position.

The commisioners’ office is losing the equivalent of one-half position, as long-time receptionist Deanna Erstad is splitting her time between Bauer and County Adminsitrator Nancy Buonanno Grennan.

Bauer has also hired a part-time assistant, Rebecca Pirtle, to handle local legislative issues.

With no receptionist, phone calls will be routed to a central location.

A barrier will also be constructed to restrict access to the commissioners’ office by walk-in visitors.

Garrido visited the office after the swearing-in, but Jan Angel had not yet vacated the room.

She did bring along her nameplate from her previous term.

She joked that it was the first example of “saving the company money.”

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