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.
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 the 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 for 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.