Sheriff Adrian Garcia gets public inauguration

January 4, 2009 8:17:45 PM PST
New Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia is already on the job -- but today, he received a public inauguration. [SIGN UP: Get headlines and breaking news sent to you]

Houston Mayor Bill White and County Judge Ed Emmett were some of the local leaders who were at Minute Maid Park today, honoring Garcia. He is replacing long-time Sheriff Tommy Thomas after winning the election in November.

Garcia says he's ready to make changes within the department.

"I know it's the public trust that's been put on my shoulders. I will work diligently to win that public trust and earn the support of those who may not have voted for me and work to maintain the support of those who did," said Garcia.

Garcia is the first Hispanic elected to the position of Harris County sheriff.

Garcia has already come under fire in his first week at the sheriff's office. He's being sued by two employees, fighting their termination. They're also upset about a notice that was on department facilities with nine former employees, including former Sheriff Tommy Thomas, saying they were not allowed on department property.

Garcia claims he didn't order the notice, and it's been taken down. Another hearing on the case is January 16th.

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