Clark County made history Dec. 29 when Presiding Superior Court Judge James E. Rulli swore in two additional members of the Board of County Councilors, bringing the legislative body to five people.
Former County Commissioner Marc Boldt was sworn in as chairman, a countywide position, and Julie Olson was sworn in to represent District 2. They officially assumed their duties Jan. 1.
“This is going to be an honor,” Boldt said. “We have a lot of work to do. We’re here to serve the needy and protect all citizens. That’s exactly what we will do.”
Previously, Boldt served as a member of the board from 2005 through 2012, and as a 17th Legislative District representative from 1995 through 2004. He was also elected to the Board of Freeholders, which wrote a home rule charter that was approved by voters in November 2014.
Olson said she has met many county employees since she won the Nov. 3 general election and is “ready to embark on an exciting adventure.”
“This is a wonderful community we live in, and I’m honored to be part of local government,” she said.
Olson was on the Ridgefield School Board for eight years, serving for a time as vice president and six years as president. She worked 28 years in private industry specializing in scientific sales management and marketing.
The two took oaths in front of a standing-room-only crowd in the Public Service Center in Vancouver.
Boundaries of the three councilor districts changed Jan. 1 to accommodate a fourth district. Although the chair is elected at large, the other four council members are elected at the district level.
Also, councilor district numbers changed Jan. 1. Councilor Jeanne E. Stewart now represents District 1; Councilor David Madore represents District 3; and Councilor Tom Mielke represents District 4.
The majority of incorporated and unincorporated Camas and Washougal are part of District 4.
A five-member county council and related changes are part of the county’s first home rule charter.