Bill Rousseau, Sonoma County's incoming clerk-recorder-assessor and registrar of voters, was sworn in Monday at the county office by his predecessor Janice Atkinson.
Rousseau, 55, the county's longtime chief deputy assessor, was appointed to fill the remaining two years of Atkinson's second term in the elected post.
Atkinson, 58, is retiring as one of the longest-serving county employees, having started her career in 1972.
Shelters for Pawnee fire evacuees
Lower Lake High School, 9430 Lake St., Lower Lake, is the official shelter established for people evacuating from the Pawnee fire. It is equipped to handle animals.
The Clearlake Oaks Moose Lodge, 15900 E. Highway 20, Clearlake Oaks, is not authorized by the Office of Emergency Services but is also sheltering fire evacuees, mostly people in campers and RVs who want their animals with them.
There is an authorized Lake County animal services station in an open field at Highway 53 and Anderson Ridge Road in Lower Lake.