Zimmer takes oath of office, celebrates in style

Kern County District Attorney Cynthia Zimmer is sworn in Jan. 11, 2019. (KBAK/KBFX photo)

After a ceremonial swearing-in Friday, new Kern County District Attorney Cynthia Zimmer is on the job.

She was officially took office on Monday.

Eyewitness News spoke to Zimmer after the ceremony and asked what her top priority will be in her new role.

"My priority as district attorney will be to work very hard to reduce violent crime in Kern County," Zimmer said.

The swearing in was followed by an invitation-only reception.

"I'm just happy to have my friends and family here," Zimmer said. "We worked very hard to win the election. And we're here to celebrate today."

The elaborate decorations at the party included circular tables adorned with blue cloths and gold table runners and topped with tall vases full of flowers. A white canopy covered the ceiling in the room where the celebration took place.

For a moment the atmosphere disguised, quite well, that this party was in the main lobby of the Kern County Administrative Center, just outside the room where the Board of Supervisors regularly meets.

Who paid for this invitation-only party in a publicly owned county building?

"Oh, I did, I did. Personally," Zimmer said.

Many dignitaries from around the state, county, and city were present for the party. Among them, State Sen. Shannon Grove, who said the party was just Zimmer being Zimmer.

But, Grove said, the party was also celebrating not just Zimmer, but all women in local politics.

"Oh my gosh," Grove said, talking about the number of valley women in politics. "So, I'm really excited that we're all going to be able to work together. We have great relationships and I'm excited for what is coming next."

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