Mona Shield Payne / Special to the Home News
Thursday, Feb. 12, 2009 | 5:58 p.m.
A large crowd filled the council chambers at Henderson City Hall Thursday for the swearing in of Judge David Gibson to the Henderson Justice Court.
Gibson, who received his judicial robe and took the justice of the peace oath from Chief Judge Rodney Burr, choked up a little as he thanked his family and friends in the audience.
"I promise that I will do everything in my power to be fair, impartial, knowledgeable and sincere," he said.
Gibson was elected Nov. 4 after defeating his opponent, Chief Deputy District Attorney Sandy Allred-DiGiacomo, for the new seat in Henderson Justice Court. He joins Burr and Stephen L. George as the third justice of the peace there.
Gibson has lived in Henderson since he was 2 and still lives in town with his wife and five children.
"I love Henderson," Gibson said. "I'm very honored to have been elected."
He served 27 years in the Clark County Public Defender's Office and is a member of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, the National Association of Drug Court Professionals, the Clark County Bar Association and the Nevada State Bar.
Burr said he was honored to welcome Gibson.
"I've known the Gibson family for many years, and they have a special place in my heart," Burr said.
Gibson's older brother by three years, Henderson Mayor James B. Gibson, described him as a lifelong problem solver.
"People might not always like you when it's over, but it's important that they trust and respect you and the process you employ in getting to the final conclusion," James Gibson said to his brother.
Burr described the Henderson Justice Court as where the "rubber meets the road" and said each case is significant, whether it's a small claims case or a serious crime.
He told Gibson that one minute he could preside over the preliminary hearing for a murder case and the next he might hear about a violation at a neighborhood park.
"We see ordinary citizens affected by all kinds of cases," Burr said. "It's where most people have their contact with the justice system."
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