The first working day of 2015, Friday, January 2, was the day to swear into office newly elected District Court Judge William Bill Kephart at the County Commissioners Chamber.
With outgoing Sheriff Doug Gillespie by his side, and Sheriff-elect Joe Lombardo watching his back, Judge Kephart was sworn into office by Supreme Court Justice Kristina Pickering, Longtime Judicial Executive Assistant Minddie Lloyd held the Bible and Judge Kephart’s son helped with the robe.
U.S. Judge Lloyd D. George swore the next three Clark County commissioners who won re-election in November into office at the start of the board meeting, at 9 a.m. Monday, Jan. 5.
The commissioners sworn in were Susan Brager, District F, who has served since January 2009; Chris Giunchigliani, District E, who has served since January 2007; and Mary Beth Scow, District G, who has served since January 2011.
While all this was happening in Clark County at the state capitol, three newly selected to the recently created Court of Appeals judges were sworn in.
Judges Jerome T. Tao, Michael P. Gibbons, and Abbi Silver took the oath of office in a ceremony held in the courtroom of the Nevada Supreme Court in Carson City.
The Judges were joined by Chief Justice James W. Hardesty, the Justices of the Supreme Court, and family in a historic ceremony signifying the start of a new era in Nevada justice.
Following the administration of the oath of office, Chief Justice Hardesty announced Judge Michael P. Gibbons had been selected as the first Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals. Chief Judge Gibbons will preside over the proceedings of the Court of Appeals and speak publicly for the Court.
In another part of Clark County, at Metro Headquarters, Joseph Lombardo — the seventh sheriff since the Las Vegas Police Department and Clark County Sheriff’s Office merged in 1973 creating what is today Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (METRO) — was sworn into office by District Court Judge Bill Kephart.
No picture of the Sheriff’s ceremony was offered to the Las Vegas Tribune.