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INDEPENDENCE — Surrounded by her family, friends, fellow judges and others, Monica Dawn Cox was sworn in June 22 as Juvenile and Domestic Relations judge for the 27th Judicial Circuit.
Cox, the former commonwealth’s attorney for Grayson County, was a partner in The Grayson Law Firm P.C. and was appointed judge by the Virginia General Assembly last month.
The courtroom at the Grayson County Courthouse was packed, with several people standing around the walls.
Robert Turk, chief judge of the 27th Judicial Circuit, led the judicial processional. He praised Cox for being the first female judge appointed in the 27th Judicial Circuit.
Grayson County VFW Post 7726 conducted the presentation of flags and Jerry Wilson, retired Grayson County sheriff, gave the invocation.
VFW Post 7726 Post Commander Dan Boyer led the Pledge of Allegiance.
Judge Brett Geisler welcomed guests to the ceremony.
Raquel Lyons, president of the Carroll County Bar Association, also gave a welcome and Sharon Hale, deputy clerk of Grayson County Circuit Court, sang “America the Beautiful.”
Geisler said it was an “extreme pleasure” to recognize Cox as a new judge. “In my dealings over the years she has been a formidable opponent and was always fair.”
District court judge and former Grayson commonwealth’s attorney J.D. Bolt pointed out that Cox was the first Victim Witness Program coordinator and assistant commonwealth’s attorney in the county.
He said Cox was a hard worker and had climbed the ladder to reach her new title as judge.
Judge Randal Duncan also praised Cox for her hard work.
Judge Josiah Showalter administered the oath of office as Cox’s daughter, McKinley, stood at her side. Cox received her robe from her mother, Jeanene Compton, daughter McKinley and husband, Ricky Cox.
In remarks after receiving her robe, Cox said she owed everything to God. She thanked her family and others for their support and encouragement over the years.
“This is a true honor and I have worked hard to attain this position,” she told the group.
The Rev. Terri Gregory, pastor of the Independence United Methodist Church, gave the benediction.