2019-01-09 / Front Page

Judge Cordova, county officials take oaths

BY ALLEN ESSEX
Staff Writer


JUDGE DAVID SANCHEZ OF THE 444TH STATE DISTRICT COURT IN BROWNSVILLE GIVES THE OATH OF OFFICE TO JUDGE ADOLFO CORDOVA, who is taking the bench in the 197th state District Court, replacing retiring Judge Migdalia Lopez. (Photo by Allen Essex) JUDGE DAVID SANCHEZ OF THE 444TH STATE DISTRICT COURT IN BROWNSVILLE GIVES THE OATH OF OFFICE TO JUDGE ADOLFO CORDOVA, who is taking the bench in the 197th state District Court, replacing retiring Judge Migdalia Lopez. (Photo by Allen Essex) Incoming 197th state District Court Judge Adolfo Cordova and 21 other officials were sworn into office Jan. 1 at the Willacy County Community Safe Room.

Special guest, Sen. Eddie Lucio Jr., D-Brownsville, explained the purpose of requiring public officials to take an oath of office.

People who are chosen to serve in elected office are pledged to help “one people, one family, under God,” Lucio said. “When these elected officials take their oath of office, at the end, they say, ‘So help me God.’ So they would continue to pray so that they would do a good job for you. Because that’ís why we are here in this assembly, the very reason weíre here at this assembly. We have this wonderful freedom, freedom of assembly, freedom of speech. Freedom that people in other countries can only dream of. We think of how grateful we are for the many freedoms He has given us, both individually and collectively.”

Citizens should also participate in public meetings of their local government, school districts and make sure that those institutions are being conducted properly, the senator said. When public schools hold an open house, local residents should attend and learn more about what is being done in their schools and community.

Whether elected officials serve at the local level, or in the state capital, serving people is the real reason the officials are chosen, he said.

Judge David Sanchez, judge of the 444th state District Court and judge of a special Veterans Court for military veterans who have substance abuse problems, administered the oath of office to incoming 197th state District Court Judge Adolfo Cordova. A resident of Willacy County, Cordova will preside in two courtrooms, one in Raymondville, and another in Brownsville.

Sanchez, who has been a district judge for 10 years, said he has observed Cordova in his courtroom “I have seen the kind of lawyer he is and the kind of person that he is. I saw someone who has the right temperament, someone who is honest, someone who is caring.”

Senator Lucio, Judge Sanchez and Willacy County Judge Aurelio “Keter” Guerra each took turns administering oaths of office to a total of 22 officials.

In addition to Cordova, those officials included:

County Judge Guerra; Justice of the Peace No. 5 Rodolfo “Rudy” Cantu; District Clerk Isabel Adame; Deputy Clerk Jess M. Flores; Deputy Clerk Rolando Cantu; Deputy Clerk Isabel Mejia.

Also, County Clerk Susana Rios Garza, Chief Deputy Clerk Elizabeth Rios; Deputy Clerk Lorena Cepeda; Deputy Clerk Jennifer Gonzales; Deputy Clerk Cheryle Vasquez; Deputy Clerk Rebecca M. Guerra; Deputy Clerk Virginia Barro.

Also, County Treasurer Ruben Cavazos; Assistant Treasurer Patty Acevedo.

And County Commissioner Precinct 2 Oscar De Luna and County Commissioner Eduardo “Eddy” Gonzales.

Also sworn in: Justice of the Peace No. 1 Jessica “Annie” Rosas; JP Clerk Laura Gomez; JP Precinct 4 Juan Salinas Jr. and JP Clerk Flor Montes.

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