JANUARY 20, 1997
Sims sworn in as King County Executive
by Jeff Switzer
Ron Sims, 11-year King County Councilmember, was sworn in as County Executive last week, replacing newly-installed Governor Gary Locke.
In his inaugural speech, Sims, son of the late Reverend James and Lydia Sims, reaffirmed his fiscal conservative values, his tough stance on crime, and his commitment to protect the environment and support schools.
"You don't know what it means to me, Ron Sims, during the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King celebration week, to stand before you as the great-grandson of a slave, replacing the Executive who was the son of an immigrant," Sims said.
He said he aspires to create a "face-to-face" county government. "I have found out there is a Hades called voice-mail," he said. "And when I dial around, I get a lot of voice-mail and voice-mail menus."
He said that won't be the case when you call his office. "We are going to put a human voice and a human face to King County government," he said. "We must create a new kind of county government--one which is compact, efficient, innovative, and connected to people."
People are tired of "partisan posturing," he said. "When I looked at the Shoreline Sinkhole, I did not see a Republican sinkhole or a Democratic sinkhole. But it's very clear that people want solutions," he said.
Sims was elected to the King County Council in 1985. He was selected by Democratic precinct committee officers in December to complete the remainder of Locke's term as county executive.
Sims has served as a lay minister in the Operation Nightwatch program, coached inner-city youth sports teams, and has sponsored the Paul Robeson Student Scholar Athlete Award program.