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COURTHOUSE OATHS TAKEN

Judge William Follett takes the oath.
Judge William Follett takes the oath. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
A week after Judge William Follett swore in Chris Doehle as the new Del Norte Superior Court judge, Doehle returned the favor Monday, administering the oath of office to Follett and other officials who won elections last year.

In addition to swearing Follett in, Doehle administered oaths to county supervisors Roger Gitlin and Martha McClure; harbor commissioners Scott Feller, Wes White and James Ramsey; School Board member Judie Cordts; and Health Care District Board members Dwayne Reichlin and Kevin Caldwell.

“It’s a real honor for me to be able to administer the oath to those who were recently elected,” said Doehle, a local attorney who was recently appointed to her post by Gov. Jerry Brown.

Fifth District county Supervisor David Finigan was out of town and did not attend Monday’s ceremony. Finigan already finished his paperwork and signed his oath of office, according to County Clerk Alissia Northrup, who said she did not date Finigan’s oath until Monday. Finigan was elected to another term in June.

Gitlin was elected to represent the county’s First District in November, defeating incumbent Supervisor Leslie McNamer. McClure was re-elected to represent District Two in June.

Follett was unopposed when he ran in June for another term as Superior Court judge. His new term will last for six years.

Even though they already took the oath of office, School Board members who began new terms last month were invited to participate in Monday’s ceremony, Northrup said. Cordts participated,  while Francis Costello, who was re-elected to the board in November, did not.

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