11 officials participated in Monday ceremony

Ofelia Garcia Hunter, Alice Echo-News Journal

Eight men and three women took the oath of office as newly elected county officials Monday.

A new face to the elected officials who was sworn-in as Precinct 2 Commissioner was Ventura Garcia Jr. at Monday's ceremony.

"I would like to thank my family and friends," Garcia said. "I will work to the best of my ability."

Eleven county elected officials took their oath of office Monday in a special Commissioner's Court meeting at the 79th District courtroom.

District Judge Richard Terrell administered the oath to County Judge L. Arnoldo Saenz, and Saenz administered the oath to 10 officials including R. David Guerrero, Ruben Sandoval, Becky Dominguez, Ventura Garcia Jr., Javier N. Garcia, Alonzo Villarreal, Sylvia I. Johnson, Luz Paiz and Jose L. "Kino" Rodriguez.

Elois Barham, who represents Sandia, came into the district court room just minutes later missing the group oath, but Saenz administered Barham's oath separately.

Not present for the ceremony was Bob Owens, the county's surveyor.

More than 60 family members, friends and county officials attended the ceremony as family members took pictures and flashes went off to capture the moment.

Ventura Garcia Jr. was given the nameplate that will sit in front of him at every commissioner's meeting.

"I really just want to get settled in," he said. "I'm just honored to serve the constituents of Jim Wells County."