Boundary County Swearing-In Ceremony
The lobby of the Boundary County courthouse today, January 9th, was a hub of activity as Boundary County residents, officials and employees converged to witness the swearing in ceremonies for the newly elected sheriff and reelected commissioners and prosecuting attorney.
Sitting chairman of the Boundary County Commissioners, Dan Dinning, opened the proceedings by asking Commissioner Lee Pinkerton to give the invocation and then the pledge of allegiance. Dan then read the following bit of Boundary County history:
“William James Nixon came to Boundary County in 1933 from southern Idaho. He arrived in the county as a government supervisor starting the Agricultural Adjustment Administration program in Boundary and Bonner Counties. The following fall he ran for Boundary County Prosecuting Attorney. He held that office from 1935 to 1951 and then from 1957 to 1964. Eva Jane Nixon taught in the Bonners Ferry High School during World War II, teaching biology and art. Their son Bill Nixon graduated law school from the University of Idaho and came back to Bonners Ferry to practice with his dad; the business sign read: ‘Nixon and Nixon, Attorneys at Law.’”
Dan then introduced Grant Nixon, who presented a beautiful watercolor painting of his, depicting the front of the Boundary County Courthouse. The painting can be viewed in the main lobby of the courthouse and it was painted by Grant for the residents of our community.
Boundary County Clerk Glenda Poston then swore in reelected county commissioners Dan Dinning and Walt Kirby. The three commissioners then adjourned momentarily to vote on a commissioner chairman. Dan Dinning was elected to continue in that position.
Jack Douglas was then sworn in, having been reelected as Boundary County’s Prosecuting Attorney.
I have been to several Boundary County swearing in ceremonies over the years of being a resident here, and have never seen such enthusiasm, except perhaps for Lee Pinkerton when he was first elected as county commissioner, as there was when Dave Kramer was asked to come forward to be sworn in as Boundary County’s newly elected Sheriff. Dave Kramer took his oath of office, amid photos being taken and then many congratulations and well wishes from the myriad of residents that came to wish their new sheriff well.
A number of local law enforcement personnel were also in attendance, including Bonners Ferry Police Chief Vic Watson, Boundary County Sheriff’s Department personnel, including Rich Stevens who will continue to be the Boundary County Undersheriff, and as such, the second in command of the sheriff’s department. Border Patrol and well as the Kootenai Tribe police were represented at today’s proceedings. Unfortunately, Greg Sprungl did not show up to symbolically “pass the torch” so to speak or at the very least give our new sheriff the keys to his office.
After the completion of the ceremonies, those in attendance were invited to enjoy cake and cookies. The commissioners retired to their meeting room and went into session and reelected prosecuting attorney Jack Douglas mentioned to me that he is looking forward to working with our new sheriff.
After the festivities were over, I asked our new sheriff, Dave Kramer, what his priorities are as he takes over. He said his key goals are:
- Community response and being pro-active for our community.
- The jail; he wants the jail to meet the required state standards in order to get certified.
Kramer will be working on not just immediate department issues, but is putting together a five year plan to determine what needs to be done and how to accomplish those goals. He feels that the department needs to have the common goal of accountability and he will have “an open door policy” to meet with the public. He plans on having meetings with the citizens of Boundary County and will have get-togethers at various times and locations in the county called “coffee with cops” and not just with him but along with deputies so that the people can meet the officers that serve them.
Sheriff Kramer noted that he already has good working relationships with other law enforcement agencies, such as Bonner County Sheriff Daryl Wheeler. Dave recently attended the Sheriff’s academy in December and believes the Sheriff’s Office Association will be a good sounding board for ideas and solutions.
We spoke about the new president taking office shortly and Dave believes our country will have a second chance with President Trump.
Sheriff Kramer said he plans on being a “working sheriff”, taking care of problems with a focus on service to the people of Boundary County with “honor and responsibility.”