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New officials, returning incumbents take oaths (video)

By chirst
Jan. 1, 2013 at 9:01 p.m.
Updated Jan. 1, 2013 at 7:02 p.m.

Danny Garcia, left, signs his paperwork after being sworn in as County Commissioner for Precinct 1 at the Victoria Courthouse.

Also sworn in for Victoria County:

Rena Scherer, tax assessor-collector

• Gary E. Burns, commissioner, Precinct 3

• Richie Williams, constable, Precinct 1

• James Calaway, constable, Precinct 2

• Kenneth Easley Jr., constable, Precinct 3

Roger Stuart, constable, Precinct 4

• T. Michael O'Connor, sheriff

Danny Garcia took his seat at the Victoria County Commissioner's Court for the first time Tuesday.

"After I signed the oath I thought I was just going to go back and sit down," Garcia said. "I didn't realize I was actually going to sit with them (the commissioners). I sat there and thought, 'Wow, this happens today. I'm sworn in, and I'm on the job. My job starts right now."

Garcia, a Democrat, was elected as the new commissioner for Precinct 1, beating Republican opponent Tony Mallette in the election. A Democrat has represented Precinct 1 since the 1970s.

Garcia is a retired Texas Department of Transportation specialist.

His son, Capt. Daniel Garcia III in the U.S. Army, helped to swear him in.

"It was an amazing feeling," the younger Garcia said. "I know he worked really hard for it, so it felt good to celebrate and just be there through this amazing experience with him."

Garcia was sworn in with other elected officials in the Victoria County Courthouse.

Republican Jack Marr, presiding over the 24th Judicial District Court, also was sworn in.

"I've never worn a dress in public before," Marr joked when he donned his judicial robe for the first time.

"It remains my pledge that I will listen carefully to all who come before me. ... I look forward to serving the citizens of the district that I have been elected to," Marr said.

The 24th Judicial District includes Victoria, Calhoun, Jackson, DeWitt, Goliad and Refugio counties.

He is replacing Judge Joseph P. Kelly, who retired.

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