Twenty-one days into his first term as 10th Judicial District Judge, Albert J. Mitchell Jr., swore in the newly elected Quay County officials on Monday.
The ceremony took place in the Quay County District Courtroom, where Mitchell recited the oath of office with the elected officials.
"These proceeding are anything but routine," Mitchell said after the ceremony. "It is an honor to be a part of the swearing in ceremony."
Mitchell was sworn in as district judge Dec. 15. He held court the following day and had court scheduled after Monday's ceremony.
"It is another day at work and I have to get back to business," Mitchell said. "I have enjoyed these first weeks as judge it has been real busy."
Those being sworn in for four-year terms were county clerk Ellen White, treasurer Donna Dominguez, commissioners Bill Curry and Robert Lopez and the deputy clerks and treasurer.
Nelda Burson was sworn in as a deputy clerk and deputy treasurer.
"This was the first time that a judge swore me in for both offices," Burson said. "I am glad that they held them back-to-back. I was afraid I was going to have to get back up in front of everyone."
Burson began working for Quay County in the assessor office from 1979-1993. She has been working part-time for the county clerk and treasurer’s offices for the past 11 years.
"I like being involved and I like working with the county," Burson said. "It is easier for me to work for both offices if I'm not in one they can simply call down to the other office."