Yesterday afternoon, Kelly Seales was sworn in as the new Justice of the Peace, Precinct 2, Place 1 by Howard County Judge Kathryn Wiseman. She is replacing former JP Connie Shaw, who retired yesterday after 21 years of service.
When asked what her feelings were on leaving the position, Shaw stated "I'm really looking forward to the future! Kelly's gonna do a great job and I'm leaving it in good hands."
Shaw told KBest News that she plans to do a lot of traveling now that she’s retired to see kids and grandkids, and helping out her parents a little bit more.
Seales will complete Shaw’s term that is set to expire in December 2021.
"I am just completely humbled and honored," said Seales of taking on the position. "I hope that I do a wonderful job for the citizens of Howard County and I appreciate the opportunity."
Seales has already began shadowing another Justice of the Peace to prepare for her new position. Seales told KBest News that she’s looking forward to learning more about the legal processes of Howard County.
"I think it's just a whole other facet of life here in the community that people are generally not aware of and I find it very interesting," said Seales.