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New and returning Douglas County Commissioners sworn into office

2021 Swearing-In CeremonyKicking off the New Year with one of the first official actions of 2021, Douglas County’s two newly-elected County Commissioners received and recited their oath of office: George Teal, District II, elected to his first term serving the County in this position; and Lora Thomas, District III, elected to her second term serving in this position.

The Commissioners recited their oath of office from the Commissioner’s Hearing Room, in the Phillip S. Miller Building in Castle Rock witnessed by family, friends, supporters, and County employees, primarily in attendance remotely.

Lora Thomas recently served as the 2020 Vice Chair of the Board of County Commissioners. She was first elected to this Commissioner seat in November 2016 and began serving her first term in January 2017.  Ms. Thomas is a third-generation Coloradan who has called Douglas County her home for 28 years.

Prior to being elected County Commissioner in November 2020, George Teal served six years on the Castle Rock Town Council. He and his family have resided in Castle Rock for more than 20 years.

“The swearing-in ceremony and the oath we take is a public declaration of and commitment to supporting the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the State of Colorado and faithfully performing the duties of the office of County Commissioner,” said Lora Thomas, Chair, Board of Douglas County Commissioners. “Having taken this Oath four times with the Colorado State Patrol, once as the County Coroner, and four years ago for my first term as County Commissioner, I’ve always been reminded of the very solemn responsibility I’m committing to, as I repeat the Judge’s words with my right hand raised and my left hand on my Grandmother’s Bible,” said Thomas.

“I am honored and grateful to have been elected Douglas County Commissioner,” said County Commissioner Teal. “Today is an exciting opportunity to serve my community, continuing my decades of public service. I take my oath of office quite seriously and look forward to the honor of serving the hard-working families of Douglas County, Colorado,” Teal said.

The entire ceremony, including remarks by the newly-elected County officials, may be found on Douglas County’s YouTube channel.

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