With a few chuckles and a song by the new Duval County judge, the newly-elected and re-elected officials in Duval County were officially sworn in on Tuesday.
Standing together, Duval County Judge Gilbert N. Saenz, District Clerk Rachel S. Vela, County Treasurer Sylvia Lazo, Justice of the Peace Precinct 2 Annabel Chapa-Canales, Justice of the Peace Precinct 3 Aida C. Estraca, Justice of the Peace Precinct 4 Josie L. Fernandez, County Commissioner Precinct 2 Rene M. Perez and County Commissioner Precinct 4 Gilberto Uribe Jr. lifted their right hands and repeated their oaths.
The elected officials were sworn in by Fourth Court of Appeals Justice Rebeca Martinez who chose to be part of the Duval County ceremony. There are 254 counties in the State of Texas.
County Judge Gilbert Saenz promised to work together for the betterment of the county and address every concern brought to his attention during his campaign.
Saenz was presented with a "Duval County Express" plaque by one of his supporters.
Justice of the Peace Precinct 1 Geraldita L. "Tita" Martinez and County Clerk Elodia M. Garza were previously sworn in.
Terms for these elected officials will end in 2022 unless elected by voters.