District swears in Van Soelen

CMI staff

The Ninth Judicial District swore in its newest judge Friday afternoon in the Curry County Courthouse.

Former Clovis City Commissioner and Deputy District Attorney Fred Van Soelen was sworn in by Judge Stephen

CMI staff

The Ninth Judicial District swore in its newest judge Friday afternoon in the Curry County Courthouse.

Former Clovis City Commissioner and Deputy District Attorney Fred Van Soelen was sworn in by Judge Stephen Quinn, and will begin duties Monday.

“There’s obviously going to be some first-day-of school jitters,” Van Soelen said. “I’ll need to shake those off and get on the docket.”

Prior to receiving his judgeship, Van Soelen was working in private practice with Tye Harmon’s law office in Clovis.

Van Soelen is replacing Ted Hartley, who retired earlier this year, and faces a retention election next year.

When asked if the experience has hit him yet, Van Soelen said it did early in the ceremony.

“When I put on the robe, it really did hit me this is what I’m going to be doing for a larger part of my life,” he said. “It’s a good thing.”

Quinn, and will begin duties Monday.

“There’s obviously going to be some first-day-of school jitters,” Van Soelen said. “I’ll need to shake those off and get on the docket.”

Prior to receiving his judgeship, Van Soelen was working in private practice with Tye Harmon’s law office in Clovis.

Van Soelen is replacing Ted Hartley, who retired earlier this year, and faces a retention election next year.

When asked if the experience has hit him yet, Van Soelen said it did early in the ceremony.

“When I put on the robe, it really did hit me this is what I’m going to be doing for a larger part of my life,” he said. “It’s a good thing.”

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