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Officials sworn-in to county seats
It was a overflowing gallery in the Tehama County courtroom on Monday as four elected officials took the oaths of office.
Elected as Tehama County Superior Court judge in June's primary, Matthew McGlynn was sworn in by presiding Judge John Garaventa.
Garaventa also administered the oaths of office to newly elected Tehama County Supervisors Burt Bundy and Steve Chamblin.
Re-elected to another six-year-term in June, Garaventa was administered his oath by Superior Court Judge Todd Bottke.
Garaventa has served as a judge in the county since 1998.
Bundy said as he began his four-year term he looks forward to representing the southern end of Tehama County and wants to place his focus back to the basics.
"Roads and other infrastructure. Protecting agriculture and water rights is another important factor to me," he said.
This is the second time Bundy has served as a supervisor, the first time was from 1981 to 1993.
"I will have an open door policy and listen to what people in the county have to say much more so this time than when I served previously," Bundy said.
He beat out incumbent Ron Warner in the election.
Chamblin will fill the seat left open by the retirement of Supervisor Gregg Avilla.
"I look forward to serving the people of this county. I come into the office with a new perspective and since I am retired I will be available to serve and help in any way I am needed," he said.
Both men said their responsibilities aren't just to their own districts but to the entire county.
Bundy talked about the ongoing issues related to AB 109, the state's prison realignment program, and the impact it has had on the county's public safety.
Chamblin feels health care reform will be a big issue for the county to address during his term.
"The required automation of health care records by 2014 will be very costly and difficult for both public and private health care agencies," he said.
Bundy and Chamblin joined Supervisors Bob Williams and Dennis Garton, who was elected chairman. Chamblin was selected as vice chairman.
A vacancy remains on the Tehama County Board of Supervisors with the death of District 2 Supervisor George Russell in September.
"The governor has a recommendation before him, but has not named a replacement as of yet," said Williams.