New Moffat County officials swear to uphold honor

Janelle O'Dea
Linda Peters swears in for her first term as Moffat County's treasurer on Tuesday.
Janelle O’Dea

— On Tuesday morning, Moffat County welcomed four new officials.

Judge Sandra Gardner, of Moffat County courts, conducted the first swearing-in of Moffat County Commissioner Frank Moe, Moffat County Treasurer Linda Peters and Moffat County Assessor Chuck Cobb. Moffat County Sheriff KC Hume was sworn in later that morning by Judge Michael O’Hara.

Three officials also returned to renew their oaths.

She swore in returning officials Lila Herod as Moffat County clerk and recorder, Kirk McKey as Moffat County coroner and Peter Epp as Moffat County surveyor.

Before she began the proceedings, Gardner read the “Code of the West” out of James P. Owen’s book “Cowboy Ethics.” Ten tenants make up the code of the West, including “be tough, but fair” and “when you make a promise, keep it.”

Gardner said she read the code to both inspire and challenge Moffat County’s new officials.

“The code certainly applies to public officials, and I hope it resonates with you today,” Gardner said.

After the proceedings, officials mingled in the lobby of the Moffat County Courthouse with cake, coffee and conversation. The most-used word of the morning was “excited.”

“I’m so excited (to get started),” Peters said.

Moe echoed Peters’ eager anticipation to start his job.

“I’m looking forward to the first meeting,” he said. “And I really enjoyed Judge Gardner’s introduction.”

Fellow Moffat County Commissioner Chuck Grobe clapped Moe on the back and reassured any doubters.

“Frank’ll do a great job,” Grobe said.

Cobb said today is the first official day he can sign anything, but he doubts he’ll do just that.

“It’s going to be a lot of learning the ropes and doing HR paperwork,” Cobb said. “Fortunately, January is not a super busy month.”

Grobe also presented awards to Tim Jantz, Elaine Sullivan, Robert Razzano and Tom Mathers for their years of service to Moffat County.

Contact Janelle O’Dea at 970-875-1795 or or follow her on Twitter @jayohday.

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