County Commissioners

Newly elected Umatilla County Commissioner John Shafer takes the oath of office on Monday at the Umatilla County Courthouse in Pendleton.

Newly elected Umatilla County Commissioner John Shafer took his oath of office Wednesday at the Umatilla County Courthouse, Pendleton. Shafer’s mother, Kathryn Dale Shafer, a municipal judge and city manager for the town of Nehalem, administered the oath. Dozens packed themselves into the large meeting room, including Shafer’s family and many from the sheriff’s office, where he worked until recently.

Shafer said the Bible he swore on came from his family.

“I asked my dad if I could use this,” he told the crowd. “He said yes.”

After the oath, Shafer took his seat on the board with commissioners George Murdock and Bill Elfering. Shafer said he looks forward to serving the public, and Murdock adjourned the meeting and invited everyone to enjoy some pastries and refreshments.

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