Roach, Talbert, Fleming to be sworn in to Pierce County Council Jan. 11

Dan Roach, Rick Talbert and Stan Flemming will take the oath of office and join the Pierce County Council on Tues., Jan. 11. The swearing-in ceremony, which is open to the public, is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. in the County Council chambers, 930 Tacoma Ave. S, Room 1045. The seven-member Council’s first meeting of the year will begin at 3 p.m., and a key order of business is to elect leadership and approve committee assignments. Roach, Talbert and Flemming won races for open seats in the November 2010 election. Each replaces a councilmember who was prohibited from running again by term limits. Dan Roach (District 1) owns Roach Gymnastics, Inc. in Sumner and served for 10 years in the Washington state House of Representatives, where he represented the 31st Legislative District. A native of the Green River valley area and graduate of Brigham Young University, he succeeds Shawn Bunney in representing Council District 1, which covers much of East Pierce County. Rick Talbert previously worked for Pierce County as a performance auditor and served eight years on Tacoma City Council. A graduate of Tacoma’s Lincoln High School and Western Washington University, he succeeds Barbara Gelman in representing District 5, which covers portions of South Tacoma out to Frederickson. Stan Flemming served in the state House of Representatives and was the first mayor of the City of University Place. He is a family physician and retired Brigadier General in the U.S. Army who served two combat tours of duty. He succeeds Terry Lee in representing District 7, which covers the areas west of the Tacoma Narrows as well as West Tacoma, University Place and Fircrest.