Vernetta Perkins sworn in as Dallas County judge

Published 6:54 am Saturday, December 18, 2021

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Tears streamed down the joyous face of Vernetta R. Perkins minutes before she was sworn in as Dallas County District Court Judge.

Perkins was officially sworn in on December 9 at Selma High School before family, friends and fellow judges. Perkins is the first female African-American District Court Judge in Dallas County.

Dallas County Circuit Court Judge Collins Pettaway Jr. swore Perkins moments after retiring District Court Judge Bob Armstrong passed her the gavel. Perkins was robed by her mother, Remigia Norde.

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Words of gratitude and humility fell from Perkins’ lips during her remarks.

“I’m not special, I’m a product of the culture that created me and the Grace of God,” Perkins said. “I was given purpose. I’m ready to serve.”

The love and support for Perkins in the local Government was felt throughout the program.

Perkins’ uncle, Selma Mayor James Perkins Jr., said he was proud of her accomplishments.

Dallas County Probate Judge Jimmy Nunn said the Dallas County Commission will always be around for support.

Dallas County District Attorney Michael Jackson advised Selma and Dallas County residents to allow Perkins to grow into the role as Judge.

“Vernetta Perkins needs time to settle in as Judge, she won’t be Thurgood Marshall right off the bat,” Jackson said