A week before the inauguration of President-elect Barack Obama, recently elected and re-elected officials in Jefferson County were being installed in their own ceremony.
The swearing-in ceremony, slated for 8 a.m. Jan. 13 at the Jefferson County Courts and Administration Facility in Golden, recognized 18 elected officials. The officials — judges, commissioners, the district attorney and a new treasurer — were sworn in by District Chief Judge R. Brooke Jackson.
"The first four years went by in a flash," said Scott Storey, who was being sworn in for his second term as Jeffco's district attorney. "With term limits, this will be my swan song, and I have a lot to accomplish. I'm excited for the opportunity to serve Jefferson County for another four years in this capacity, and I hope to keep up the momentum in the district attorney's office that we have going."
Storey said his head was "swimming" with the priorities he's set for himself in his second term; they include beefing up his economic crimes unit, continuing the efforts of the Child Sex Offender Internet Investigations Unit, and his efforts on preventing elderly abuse.
Storey is also looking forward to establishing the Jeffco drug court, which will handle the majority of the county's drug cases. He and the other officials involved in the court will attend a five-day federal training course in February, and he's hoping to get the court running in the first six months of 2009.
Kevin McCasky, re-elected to a second term as District 2 county commissioner, is also excited.
"I'm just humbled," McCasky said. "It's a true privilege and honor to serve this county as an elected official, and I'm really excited. I'm eager to start my second term. I've got challenges in front of me, and some may be difficult, but I love my job and look forward to getting back to work."
McCasky, who narrowly defeated Lakewood Democrat Jason Bane in the November election, said getting re-elected wasn't easy, but he had faith he would win another term in office.
"I'm an optimistic guy," McCasky said. "I've always got a positive attitude. We worked extremely hard, and even though this was my fourth countywide run, it was the hardest I've had to campaign and work. I'm just excited to be serving another term." McCasky was Jeffco's elected assessor from 1998 to 2004.
Westminster banker Tim Kauffman will be appointed as the county's next treasurer, replacing Faye Griffin, who won a seat on the county commission by beating Arvada Democrat Sue Windels in November.
Kauffman is vice president of High Plains Bank in Lakewood and has worked with other banks in the past. He's also been an elected official in Westminster, serving on the Westminster City Council for seven years, four of which as the city's mayor pro tem.
"It was very competitive," McCasky said of the appointment. "Tim came highly recommended by folks in both the Republican and Democrat party. He's got an outstanding resume, has experience as an elected official and served with distinction in both. He's just a quality guy."
McCasky said the competition among applicants for the job was "tough."
"Everybody that applied for the job that we saw was more than capable," McCasky said. "And they were just excellent people.”
County Treasurer Faye Griffin told the Courier after it was clear she would be leaving the post that her chief deputy, Pat Weber, should get the job to cause the office the least amount of distraction. Weber said at the time she wasn't sure she wanted the job.
"It's a small and seasoned staff, and Tim will come in and rely on Pat Weber, (investment manager) Mark Hubbard and the rest of the team to guide him through his appointment," McCasky said. "And then I'm pretty sure he'll seek elected office (in 2010), and the citizens will get to decide."
Jeffco's new elected officials who were sworn in Jan. 13:
• District judges: Randy Arp, Margie Enquist, Jack Berryhill, Lily Oeffler, Brian Boatright, Tamara Russell, Jane Tidball
• County court judges: Jack DeVita, KJ Moore, Verna Carpenter, Bradley Burback, Tammy K. Greene
• Magistrates: Judith Goeke, Gail Meinster
• Commissioners: J. Kevin McCasky, Faye Griffin
• District Attorney: Scott Storey
• Tim Kauffman appointed treasurer