City Judge Ann B. McIntyre will officially assume her new role as judge for the Fifth Judicial District beginning with swearing-in ceremonies to be held at 3 p.m. Monday, Dec. 22, at the Franklin Parish Courthouse.
When she takes office on Jan. 1, 2015, she will again make history, this time as the first woman to serve as judge for the district. She was also the first woman attorney in Winnsboro.
McIntyre currently serves as Winnsboro city judge, a position she has held since April 1997. She was unopposed for the District Court position previously held by her husband, E. Rudolph McIntyre, Jr., who recently retired. She will serve as judge pro-tem for the city during the interim period from December 22-31.
McIntyre said that she appreciates the opportunity to serve at the district level and is looking forward to working with the District Attorney's office and others in the court system.
"I am looking forward to serving in District Court. It will be a challenge," she said.
She also said that while she is eager to begin work in the new position, she has enjoyed her role as city court judge.
"I have loved city court. It has been a great experience," she said.
She added that she feels the city court system is being left in good hands with its current staff.
The swearing-in ceremonies Monday will be a family affair with her husband administering the oath of office. Daughters Mary Ann White and Meredith Marshall, both attorneys, will serve as emcees and grandchildren are also expected to be present.
Guest speaker for the event will be Federal Magistrate Judge Karen Hayes who attended law school with the incoming district judge.
The ceremonies in Winnsboro will be preceded by a breakfast reception at the West Carroll Parish Courthouse lobby from 9 to 10:30 a.m., and a lunch reception from 11:30 to 1 p.m. in the Richland Parish Courthouse lobby.
The 3 p.m. ceremonies here will take place in the Franklin Parish Courtroom, located on the second floor of the courthouse, and will be followed by a fish fry.
McIntyre said that while she was grateful that she was unopposed, she did not get the opportunity to meet the people in the parishes she will serve. She said that the receptions in each of the parishes served by the Fifth District court system are planned as a way for her to meet her constituents and to show appreciation for their support.