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Christofferson & family

Christofferson will hold court April 14
MT. JULIET -- In a historic moment for the City of Mt. Juliet, outgoing City Judge Andy Wright swore in Carolyn Christoffersen as Mt. Juliet's first female judge Monday night, April 11.

Subsequently, Wright performed another historic act as he swore in the city's first-ever deputy judge in Trey Marshall.

Both new judges had their families there for the occasion, Marshall with his wife and four children, and Christofferson accompanied by her husband, Marcus, and three young boys, Noah, Jacob and Stephen. Her mother and father were there to see their daughter's swearing in.

Her father, Gordon Dyer, was a bit emotional as he watched his daughter, who he said, "will always be my little girl," while she put her hand on a Bible held by one of her sons.

"When she was in second grade she told me she wanted to be a doctor," he recalled. "One of her friend's dads was a surgeon and was called away a lot. She then told me she never wanted to be called away from her family when she grew up, so instead decided to be a lawyer. And she did, very methodically, step by step to such success."

This proud father said at times his only daughter - he and his wife also have a son - said she wanted to be the first female president.

"She and her older brother and their families are the joy of our lives."

Christoffersen will immediately take over Wright's duties in traffic court. Wright resigned after nearly seven years. Mayor Ed Hagerty told the crowd the city was "very proud" of Wright's dedication while city judge.

"I want to thank everyone for the opportunity to serve six-and-a-half years," he said. "It's been an honor. It was a dream come true.
After she was sworn in, Christoffersen told those present "thank you."

"I am humbled the city has put so much faith in me," she said.

Her two sons piped up when asked if they had anything to say. Jacob went to the microphone, smiled at his mom and said, "I hope my mom likes it!"

Son Stephen said he was "very proud of mom. I hope she enjoys her new job."

The new city judge will preside over court beginning Thursday, April 14 at 5 p.m.; it is for juveniles. Court is set twice a month for adults and once a month for juveniles.

Writer Laurie Everett can be reached at

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