Sheer white canopies are draped in the county administrative building, and gold-gilded chairs are stacked in the rotunda in preparation for an "invitation-only" event scheduled for this afternoon.
According to county of Kern spokeswoman Megan Person, a swearing-in ceremony for newly elected Kern County District Attorney Cynthia Zimmer is scheduled for 4 p.m.
Person and other county government sources said the ceremony will take place in the county Board of Supervisors chambers, and a reception will be held immediately following in the rotunda, or lobby area directly outside the chambers.
There's one small twist, however,
According to Deputy District Attorney Joseph Kinzel, a newly appointed public information officer for the D.A.'s office, Zimmer took the oath of office on Thanksgiving Day — more than six weeks before her actual start-date in early January.
She was sworn in at her parents' house, Kinzel said. But she didn't officially become district attorney until Monday at 12:01 p.m.