By Dane Osen
The Courier 

Buerkle, Fahlgren Sworn In


Dane Osen/For The Courier

Outgoing Sheriff Glen Meier welcomes his replacement, Vernon Buerkle.

Recent elected officials were sworn in on Dec. 27, with Justice of the Peace Christine Hillman presiding. County Commissioner John Fahlgren, County Attorney Dylan Jensen, and District Court Clerk Shelley Bryan all took the oath of office.

Retiring Sheriff Glen Meier broke from the expected protocol and took it upon himself to swear in his replacement, long time Undersheriff Vernon Buerkle into his post as Valley County Sheriff. The passing of the torch was marked with a lighthearted quip from Meier to Buerkle, "Now don't you start crying on me!" and a quick chuckle, before getting down to brass tacks and taking his oath.

The ceremony was attended by family and friends, fellow officials, and those retiring their respective posts. The newly-sworn-in Fahlgren and Buerkle will assume their new positions on January 1, 2017.


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