Earlier this afternoon, Judge Michael Clarke swore in the four officials who won their elections last November.
Commissioner Kellie Jo Smith was elected for her first term to Position 1. A third generation resident of Columbia County, she has more than a decade of public service experience. She is a business owner, school board member, and a previous reserve deputy sheriff. As a County Commissioner, her focus will be on connecting our communities, economic growth, public safety, creating opportunities for our youth, and protecting civil rights and liberties.
"I am grateful to the citizens of Columbia County for giving me this opportunity," Smith said. "I will maintain open lines of communication and continue to foster, support, and advocate for our community and its residents."
Debbie Klug was elected for her first full term as County Clerk. Appointed as the County Clerk in July 2021, following the passing of longtime clerk Betty Huser, Debbie has been a part of the Columbia County Clerk's Office for more than 16 years.
Andrea Jurkiewicz was elected for her first full term as County Assessor. She originally joined the County Assessor's Office in 2005 and was appointed to the County Assessor's role in July 2021.
Brian Pixley retained his position as County Sheriff. He began his career with the Sheriff's Office in 2003 and has amassed nearly 20 years of local law enforcement experience. He is committed to protecting, serving, and strengthening our community. This will be Brian's second term as Columbia County Sheriff.
"It is truly an honor to serve as Columbia County's Sheriff," Pixley said. "I will continue identifying ways to increase public trust, build goodwill, and ensure that your property and rights are protected."
Please join us in congratulating and welcoming our new and continuing officials.
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