Jefferson County Swears in First Female Judge


 Tuesday marked an important day in history for Jefferson County, as it welcomed the first female judge. Hundreds of family members, friends and colleagues of Michelle Miller gathered at Buckeye North Elementary for her swearing in.

Miller said becoming the first female judge in Jefferson County is not only a huge accomplishment for herself, but also for every young girl in the county.

Throughout her tear-filled speech, Miller wanted to stress the importance of how the accomplishment will set a good example to girls in the future.

“They can do anything they want, not to be limited, to keep learning, to strive to set goals, and to do anything in their power to achieve those goals,” Miller said.

Brianna Merkel, 11, said it was nice to see the first female judge. “It inspires a lot of us to try harder,” she said.

Miller’s hard work to get to this point has not gone unrecognized. Miller has worked her way though many years of schooling, and has many years of experience as a magistrate court judge and in her own law firm.

Her parents Manuel and Carol Ann Garcia said Miller has been ambitious since high school. “She was a go-getter, I’m telling you! She was prom queen, she was homecoming queen, she was queen of queens. She did it all in her senior year, we are very proud,” they said. 

Miller was sworn in by Judge Joseph Bruzzese with a little help from Judge David Henderson, who handed the gavel over to her and provided one final tip before he retired. 

“You don’t change when you become a judge. You’ve already developed who you are you listen to each side you take the time to think about what you are doing and make a decision,” Henderson said.

Miller’s first official day on the bench is Monday, January 5. 

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