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April 12, 2013 at 9:01 AM

Sandra Day O’Connor to swear in Sally Jewell as Interior secretary

UPDATED AT 1:03 P.M. WITH PHOTO.

WASHINGTON – Sally Jewell will be sworn in as the nation’s 51st secretary of the Interior in a private ceremony at the U.S. Supreme Court Friday afternoon.

Former Justice Sandra Day O'Connor swears in Sally Jewell as Interior Secretary.

Former Justice Sandra Day O’Connor swears in Sally Jewell as Interior Secretary.

Retired Justice Sandra Day O’Connor will administer the oath of office, according to an Interior Department official.

Jewell, former chief executive of Kent-based REI, and O’Connor served together on theĀ National Parks Second Century Commission, an independent commission convened in 2008 by the National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA).

Jewell was vice chair of NPCA’s board; she has given up that post because of her cabinet appointment.

Friday will be last day on the job forĀ Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, who is returning to his Colorado ranch. On Monday, Jewell is scheduled to meet some of the department’s 70,000 employees as well as discuss key issues before the agency.

The Senate confirmed Jewell’s appointment Wednesday by a 87-11 vote, with all no votes coming from Republicans.

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