ABILENE, Texas -

Department of Public Safety Trooper Sparky Dean will be sworn in as the Precinct 1, Place 2 Justice of the Peace Monday.

Taylor County commissioners voted unanimously to appoint Dean to the position. He has been serving as the public information officer for DPS and will fill A.L. Deatherage’s spot after Deatherage retired in May.

Dean’s swearing in ceremony is set for 1:30 p.m. Monday at the Old Taylor County Courthouse.

District Judge Thomas Wheeler will preside over the ceremony.