By SHERRY BROWN
Family, friends, well wishers, fellow judges and county and law enforcement from both Bear Lake and Franklin counties packed the Bear Lake Courtroom to witness the swearing in of 43-year-old Todd Garbett, newly selected Bear Lake County Magistrate Judge.
Garbett’s father Rick Garbett, colleague Steve Fuller and presiding district judge Mitchell Brown took a few moments before the actual swearing in to relate stories, reminisce and express their feelings on Garbett being selected as magistrate judge.
Fuller, who opened up his Preston office next to Garbett when he was first starting out as a lawyer, said Garbett has great ability. “He will be fair; he will be impartial.”
As a gesture of good will, Fuller also gave Garbett a blow-up pillow tie to use when he got tired while sitting on the bench. Fuller said Garbett would be the envy of all the other judges.
Mitchell Brown, the presiding district judge, had the honor of administering the oath of office to Garbett.
Garbett’s wife, Jennifer, performed the customary “Donning of the Robe,” along with their daughter, Kaytlynn.
Garbett jumped right in to his duties as judge. His first court appearance as magistrate judge took place Friday afternoon following the swearing in ceremony and the reception held afterwards.
For the time being, the Garbetts are renting the Dr. Paul Daines home in Montpelier.
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