History was made Tuesday morning as not one, but two women commissioners were sworn into office in Bent County.

History was made Tuesday morning as not one, but two women commissioners were sworn into office in Bent County.

This is the first time in Bent County history that a woman has been voted in and served as a county commissioner.

Kim MacDonnell, a Republican, won the District 1 race in November. MacDonnell served most recently as Director of Bent County Economic Development. Jean Sykes, also a Republican, won the District 3 race.

MacDonnell and Sykes will join District 2 Commissioner Tom Wallace on the board. MacDonnell replaces term limited commissioner Bill Long and Sykes replaces term limited Lynden Gill.

Mark MacDonnell, who was sworn in as the Sixteenth Judicial District court judge for Bent County, told the standing-room only courtroom that this was a “historic occasion, a big occasion, a good day.” He then had the honor of swearing in his wife, Kim, and jokingly said afterward that his first official business in Bent County was to welcome her, “Madam Commissioner.”

Judge MacDonnell also swore in Sykes and Bent County Court Judge Samuel Vigil. Mark MacDonnell had asked Bent County Clerk Patti Nickell, who has served in the position for 30 years, to officially swear him into office.

Following the swearings-in, Judge Vigil said the ceremony represents new beginnings but also an opportunity to reflect “on the progress of those before us.”

A reception was held on the main level of the courthouse.