Duffey sworn in as Commissioner

January 4, 2011 • Local News

James Duffey was sworn in as a Chaves County Commissioner on Monday morning. (Emily Russo Miller Photo)

After a tight election race followed by petitions and recounts, Republican James Duffey was formally sworn in as a Chaves County Commissioner Monday morning. He had defeated his opponent by one [auth] vote, a District Court judge affirmed in early December.

Duffey had previously told the Daily Record that he will only know if he is a commissioner when he is officially sworn in.

“I’ll believe it now,” he said with a smile during the ceremony.

“I look forward to working for the people of Chaves County,” he added.

The other four commissioners said they are eager to work alongside Duffey in the upcoming year.

“It was a long ordeal after the election,” Commissioner Chairman Greg Nibert said, “but we’re pleased to have James on board.”

Fellow Commissioner Kyle “Smiley” Wooton said Duffey’s “agricultural background and business savvy” will be a helpful addition to the board of commissioners.

Also sworn in at the same ceremony was Nibert, County Assessor Ron Lethgo and Chaves County Probate Judge Eric J. Coll.

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