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Miki Thompson was sworn in as the new Circuit Judge in Mingo County Wednesday, June 11, despite the fact there was no power in the courthouse.

“We stood beside a window in a jury room,” she said.

Senior Status Judge John Cummings delivered the oath of office, which he'll do again at her ceremonial swearing-in ceremony at noon July 10 in the main courtroom of the Mingo County Courthouse in Williamson. That event will be followed by a reception to which the public also is invited.

Judge Cummings has been handling the circuit court docket with Senior Status Justice Thomas McHugh since Aug. 16, when former Judge Michael Thornsbury was indicted. He subsequently resigned his office and pleaded guilty to federal conspiracy charges.

Thompson, who won the primary election for the seat in May, was appointed to serve the Thirtieth Judicial Circuit by

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin appointed Thompson, who'd won the May primary, to serve the Thirtieth Judicial Circuit. She had been serving as the Family Court Judge in the Eighth Family Court Circuit (Mingo County) since 2009.

A graduate of the University of Kentucky, she began her career as assistant prosecuting attorney in Mingo County in 1992. She also was the solo practitioner of Thompson Law Office until 2008.

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