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Supervisor Fletcher Touts the County’s Progress as Six Officials Sworn in

01/20/23

 

San Diego County Supervisors Jim Desmond and Nathan Fletcher and four other elected officials — including Sheriff Kelly Martinez and District Attorney Summer Stephan — were ceremonially sworn in Monday.

Also taking the oath were Assessor/Recorder/County Clerk Jordan Marks and Treasurer/Tax Collector Dan McAllister. The roughly hourlong ceremony was held at the County Administration Center, in front a full audience, and was also streamed virtually.

Fletcher, who won a decisive victory for his second term on the Board of Supervisors, served as board chair for the past two years. Instead of seeking a third term in that post, he has thrown his support behind Supervisor Nora Vargas to take over the role.

“In four years, and despite the difficult circumstances brought on by a global pandemic, we fundamentally changed the way San Diego County supports our community,” he said earlier. “We have made tremendous progress, but there is more to be done. Many of the policies and programs we introduced during my first term have recently launched or are about to launch.”

Fletcher has said he is considering a run for state Senate.

The terms of office formally began on Jan. 2 at noon. Each official was administered the oath of office prior to the start of their respective terms. Each official gave a short speech after taking the oath during Monday’s event.

Fletcher took the oath from his Marine drill sergeant, while his wife — labor leader Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher — stood by his side.

Fletcher said it’s important to see how the county has grown, with more compassion and a Framework for the Future, a series of policies “that will guide this county for decades to come.”

Fletcher touted the county’s progress on behavioral health treatment, improved juvenile justice and foster care system and efforts to tackle the climate crisis. “We must ensure we continue down this path of creating a more perfect union,” Fletcher said, adding that civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.  once said “that we need one another.”

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