Nicole Baldwin is sworn into office as the new County Clerk by Judge Steve Bishop on Jan. 5 along with all the other public officials elected in the general election on Nov. 5, 2014. (Mike Coster photo)

Nicole Baldwin is sworn into office as the new County Clerk by Judge Steve Bishop on Jan. 5 along with all the other public officials elected in the general election on Nov. 5, 2014. (Mike Coster photo)

Public officials elected in last November’s general election officially stepped into their new roles Monday after being sworn in at the White Pine County Courthouse.

New County Clerk Nicole Baldwin said that being sworn in after waiting two months finally made things feel real.

“It is definitely an honor to have been elected, but to be sworn in and have it become a reality has been a plethora of emotions from excitement to being scared. But so far it has been really wonderful and I’m excited to be the new County Clerk,” she said.

Stepping into the role after Lin Burleigh announced her retirement from the office last year, Baldwin was sworn in by Judge Steven Bishop. Once her term became official, Baldwin swore in returning White Pine County Courthouse Judge Gary Fairman and later in her office Steve Dobrescu.

County Assessor Burton Hilton said that it feels good to finally get to work after the two month waiting period.

“I’m very honored to be serving and I have a great staff. It’s really exciting to start fulfilling the job and being able to do what I set out to do,” Hilton said.

Other new officials who began their terms Monday were Mike Wheable as District Attorney, Gary Perea and Carol McKenzie as County Commissioners.

Several offices will remain unchanged as their incumbents won the election, including the offices of County Sheriff, County Treasurer and County Recorder.

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