New Clerk-Recorder Deborah Cooper and former Clerk-Recorder Steve Wier at Cooper's swearing-in ceremony on Feb. 4. (Photo by Sam Richards)

Deborah Cooper has been sworn  as Contra Costa County’s clerk-recorder, filling the remaining three years of the term of Joe Canciamilla.

Cooper, who since Nov. 1 has been acting clerk-recorder, was sworn Feb. 4 during the weekly county Board of Supervisors meeting by Steve Weir, who was Contra Costa’s clerk-recorder from 1989 until he retired in 2013.

Cooper was selected by the supervisors from among five finalists for the job the supervisors interviewed publicly on Jan. 21.

County Administrator David Twa told the board that Cooper had passed a background check and a social media check, and that she was cleared to be named to the post for the remainder of Canciamilla’s term, which expires on Jan. 2, 2023.

Before becoming acting clerk-recorder, Cooper had been the county’s deputy clerk-recorder since 2012.

Canciamilla resigned in October, a year into his second elected term. About a week later, he reached a settlement with the state Fair Political Practices Commission on 30 counts of campaign finance violations including using $130,529 in campaign funds for personal expenses and for filing falsified records to cover it up.

Cooper didn’t speak at the meeting Feb. 4, but in a prepared statement, she said, “Our primary purpose is to serve the public, whether conducting elections or providing clerk and recorder services. Maintaining the public trust while remaining impartial and neutral is crucial.”