HOUSTON (Covering Katy News) – At 12:01 a.m. Democrat Lina Hidalgo took the oath of office replacing Republican Ed Emmett as Harris County Judge. While it’s customary for election winners to take the oath later in the day with a much larger audience, Hidalgo said being sworn in at midnight was appropriate for her position.
“We’re here at 12:01 because I am now the chief executive for Harris County, but also the director of the office of homeland security and emergency management and these dedicated professionals are on call working at all hours for anything that may happen so we had to do this at 12:01,” Hidalgo said.
Following the swearing-in, she made a brief statement to those who were there for the event early morning event held at the Harris County Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management at 6922 Old Katy Road in Houston.
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“I’m ready to get to work, I am so humbled and honored,” Hidalgo said.
Safety and transparency are her top priorities she said.
“My first priority always is safety. That’s why we are here today making sure that we have got everything under control,” Hidalgo said. “I’m going to be working on transparency. We’ll be announcing an initiative later today that brings all the community to participate in our transition process.”
Hidalgo promised to provide more detail at an 11:30 a.m. event at NRG Park. Doors open to the public at 11:30 a.m. on Jan. 1. The event is free to the public.
People who attend should use Gate 10 near Kirby Drive and McNee Road. Special guests include Pastor Rudy Rasmus, Maria Trevino-Rodriguez, Judge Robert K. Schaffer, Federal Judge Vanessa Gilmore, and the Phillip Hall Singers.
The video above shows the swearing-in and Judge Hidalgo’s remarks following the oath.