Caroline Karugu has been sworn in as the third Deputy Governor of Nyeri County.
The 39-year-old technocrat took the oath of office, becoming the first deputy governor to take office through approval of the county assembly on Friday.
The newly installed deputy promised to utilize her administrative expertise to turn around the fortunes of the county through strategic investments and employment creation.
The position that fell vacant after Mutahi Kahiga was installed as governor following the death of Dr. Wahome Gakuru late last year.
Speaking after taking the oath of office, administered by Nyeri Chief Magistrate Wendy Kagendo, Karugu, promised to work together with all elected leaders in the county to serve residents.
The newly installed deputy promised to engage development partners to turn around the fortunes of the county.
On his part, Governor Kahiga, promised to give her all the necessary support in fulfilling the pledges his predecessor made to the electorate as well as entrenching good governance, transparency and accountability.
Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko while congratulating her, said he would follow suit and hinted that he is likely to nominate a female candidate from Central Kenya to fill the position.
The event was attended by area MPs, Kanini Kega of Kieni, Rigathi Gachagua of Mathira, Gichuki Mugambi of Othaya, Mwangi Gichuhi of Tetu as well as Nyeri county assembly.
Earlier on Governor Kahiga appointed Esther Ndung’u to the post of Executive Committee Member for Youth, Gender and Special Programs that has been vacant for six months after MCAs rejected nomination of Sheila Githaiga.
The new Deputy Governor holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration and Marketing.