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 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.
â€œIâ€™ll believe it now,â€ he said with a smile during the ceremony.
â€œI look forward to working for the people of Chaves County,â€ he added.
The other four commissioners said they are eager to work alongside Duffey in the upcoming year.
â€œIt was a long ordeal after the election,â€ Commissioner Chairman Greg Nibert said, â€œbut weâ€™re pleased to have James on board.â€
Fellow Commissioner Kyle “Smiley” Wooton said Duffeyâ€™s â€œagricultural background and business savvyâ€ 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.