Judge James Radda swore County Commission Chairwoman Natalia D. Macker and Commissioner Greg Epstein into their second full terms Monday, but not without getting a word in edgewise.
“Thanks for your public service,” Radda told the commissioners. “We all have the confidence that you will do a great job.”
Macker and Epstein were both reelected in November. Macker was first appointed to the County Commission in 2015, after Commissioner Melissa Turley stepped down. She was then reelected in 2016, the same year Epstein was elected for the first time.
Macker clinched about 27% of the vote in November, followed by Epstein’s 21%.
Unlike the Jackson Town Council, which has two new members and a new mayor, the makeup of the County Commission did not change this election cycle. Commissioners Mark Barron, Mark Newcomb and Luther Propst are set to serve until 2022, when their terms will expire and they’ll have to choose whether to seek reelection.
The board, like the Town Council and other officials, has presided over a year made particularly difficult because of COVID-19. The Teton County Circuit Court over which Radda presides has been virtual since the beginning of the pandemic, and the County Commission has approved a number of internal policies to keep people masked up in the building.
Radda thanked Macker and Epstein for their help in keeping the courtroom “safe.”
“It’s great to see people in court again,” Radda said. “There aren’t that many happy occasions that come through here, but this is one of them.”