PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Jay Inslee was sworn in for his 3rd term as Washington governor Wednesday morning, along with the other high-ranking Washington officials amid very tight security.
The ceremony was not open to the public due to both COVID-19 protocols and security concerns.
Tuesday night, Inslee extended the safety measures he put into place for the Capitol in Olympia through January 20, the day Joe Biden will be inaugurated at President of the United States.
“Based on the recommendation of the Washington State Patrol, current security measures on the Capitol Campus will remain in place through federal Inauguration Day due to evolving intelligence on security threats posed in all 50 state capitals following the violence in our nation’s capital, as well as recent illegal and dangerous actions associated with non-permitted events on our state’s Capitol Campus,” Inslee said in a statement.
The Washington National Guard will remain posted to help with security, he said.
“These unfortunate, necessary security precautions could last longer,” he said, “but we are hopeful that we will soon see political temperatures cool and threat levels come down, bringing a related easing of these restrictions.”
He noted the Capitol and Legislative Building have been closed to the public since March because of the pandemic.
Inslee was sworn in along with Lieutenant Governor Denny Heck, Secretary of State Kim Wyman, Attorney General Bob Ferguson and Treasurer Mike Pellicciotti, among others.