New elected officials in Carbon County will be sworn in on January 6th.
Most offices will swing from Democrat to Republican.
There will be several new faces in office, including two new commissioners and a new county controller.
Right after they're sworn in, the three commissioners and controller will vote on all county positions and their 2020 salaries. That's why those currently in office are working with the newly-elected officials now. So they can make educated votes come January 6th.
"This is the first time we've ever done this, with so many people on the salary board, three out of four will be new members so we decided to bring them in now," said Wayne Nothstein, current chairman of the Board of Commissioners.
In the new year, Nothstein will say goodbye to fellow board members, Bill O'Gurek and Tom Gerhard.
"We need to welcome those people who the voters have said they want them here," said Carbon County commissioner, Bill' O'Gurek.
Nothstein will remain in office and be joined by new elects, Chris Lukasevich and Rocky Ahner.
The trio will sit on the county's salary board, alongside newly-elected controller Mark Sverchek.
It's the first time the salary board will see any new faces in eight years.
"There's a big turnover of all the offices and I'm hoping this sort of funnels down to all the offices, so that this county can keep doing it in a productive way," said Ahner.
To ease the transition, current salary board members have been meeting with the elects to explain the structure of county offices.
"How many positions there are, who they are, where they're at, what they're paid and also to take a look at what their predecessors may have submitted to us in the form of requests for additional positions or increased hours for 2020," said O'Gurek.
In doing so, current members hope to keep new officials from being blindsided when it comes time to vote on salaries in January.
"When you go into a blind agenda you're always thinking 'Should I vote yes or should I vote no?' and this sort of settles it a little bit that you know what you're doing," said Ahner.
Ahner says he appreciates the collaboration.
"Smooth transition is the best way to go. I mean if we can come in here and start doing the county business on day one, it's better than us learning over a 6, 8 month period of time. We can start running right now to help our county," he added.
News 13 also spoke with Lukasevich on the phone. He echos the sentiment of Ahner, saying current officials have been gracious in helping to make the transition smooth so far