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by Ricardo Contreras
EDINBURG – Hidalgo County District Clerk Laura Hinojosa deputized her staff today during a swearing-in ceremony at the Hidalgo County Courthouse. The oath, which was administered first thing in the morning, is required of Deputy District Clerks in order to perform all official acts of the office, specifically after the expiration of a term.
“This new year marks not only the beginning of a new term of office, but also the beginning of new opportunities, continued growth and progress,” said Hinojosa. “It is an honor to work with such hard working and dedicated employees and I look forward to continuing to work with them to better serve the public and the County of Hidalgo.”
Appointed officers, such as Deputy District Clerks, are required to take an oath and a Statement of Officer, also known as the “bribery statement.” By taking the oath, appointees affirm to faithfully execute the duties of the office in accordance with the law. They further attest to not having accepted any bribe or anything of value, including the exchange of a vote for employment or appointment to an office.
District Attorney Ricardo Rodriguez and County Clerk Arturo Guajardo also had swearing-in ceremonies at their offices this morning.
Hinojosa was sworn in on New Year’s Day by her father, Congressman Rubén Hinojosa, during a small gathering with close friends and family. Her third term expires in December 2019.
Guajardo was sworn in during a group ceremony at the Edinburg Auditorium at 2 p.m. on New Year's Day. His oath was administered by Judge Jaime "Jay" Palacios. Rodriguez had a swearing-in ceremony at 6 p.m. on New Year's Day at the Pharr Events Center. His oath was administered by Congressman Joaquin Castro (D-TX 20th District).
To learn more about the District Clerk Office and its role in county government, log on to www.co.hidalgo.tx.us.