County Swears In Commissioners
New Faces to Grace BOC, Road Commission

 

By Dianne Alward-Biery
Cleaver Staff Writer

HARRISON – Six of the eight recently elected Clare County officials were sworn in Friday, Dec. 21 in the Circuit Court Room of the Clare County Building. They included Clare County Commissioners Dale Majewski [District 1], Leonard Strouse [District 3], David Hoefling [District 6], Jeff Haskell [District 7] and Mark Fitzpatrick [District 5]. Also sworn in was Karen Hulliberger, newly elected County Road Commissioner.

Commissioners

Absent were Commissioners Samantha Pitchford [District 2] and Jack Kleinhardt [District 4], who swore their oaths of office prior to the courtroom event.

55th Circuit Court Judge Thomas R. Evans officiated and administered the oaths of office. Assisting with the ceremony was 80th District Court Judge Joshua M. Farrell. Absent for this event were 55th Circuit Court Judge Roy G. Mienk and Family/Probate Judge Marcy A. Klaus.

All participants were sworn in with the following oath:

I do solemnly swear that I will support the Constitution of the United States and the constitution of this state, and that I will faithfully discharge the duties of the office of [office to be held] for Clare County according to the best of my abilities.

Karen HullinbergerIn her new capacity, Road Commissioner Karen Hulliberger who replaces Mike Duggan, will be joining what oft-times has been a male-dominated field and facing the challenges that can bring.

January will see three new faces on the Clare County Board of Commissioners, all of whom will have important seats to fill. They will be replacing Sandra Bristol whose two-year tenure was filled with a distinct passion for getting to the heart of a matter; Jim Gelios whose law enforcement history and innate decency brought a valuable insight to the Board for 16 years; and Karen Lipovsky whose 20 years of experience serving on the Board will definitely leave a void. But voids get filled, and it lies with the new commissioners to step into the challenges they will face as they learn the ropes and strive to represent their districts with character and resolve.