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With a unanimous vote the Parker County Commissioners Court appointed County Judge Elect Pat Deen to fill the vacancy in the County Judge's Office created with former Judge Mark Riley's August 31 resignation, which was accepted by the court at today's meeting.
Commissioner Larry Walden addressed the large crowd that had gathered and stated that the court could only be successful by working together.
"I for one and I know the other commissioners too are willing and able to take the new Judge and work with him and do what is best for the tax payers of Parker County," Walden said. "In dealing with Pat I know that he will step in and be the kind of leader that we need for Parker County. With that said I move to appoint Pat Deen as County Judge of Parker County."
Precinct 4 Commissioner Steve Dugan said he supports the trust the voters have put in Pat Deen and that he looks forward to working with him.
With that, Commissioner Precinct 2 Craig Peacock seconded the motion and a 4-0 vote was made.
County Judge Pro-Tem and Commissioner of Precinct 1 George Conley welcomed Deen to the court and called on District Judge Craig Towson to swear in Deen as County Judge.
Deen addressed the audience thanking them for attending.
"I want to thank you all for coming and for your support throughout the campaign," Deen said. " I am filling shoes that have been here for over 20 years and I want to take this time to honor and respect Judge Riley's time in office and continue that legacy of leadership."
Deen was originally set to take the office beginning January 1, after his primary win over Riley in March of 2018. He will finish out Riley's term for the rest of the year. Deen is uncontested on the November ballot for Parker County Judge and will start his four year term beginning January 1