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City Secretary Zanea Carpenter administers the oath of office to Santana Loya, municipal judge for the city of Muleshoe.

BY GAIL M. WILLIAMS

Muleshoe Journal Correspondent

For 17 years, Santana Loya took care of business for Muleshoe Independent School District.

“I started as a TA (teaching assistant), then became budget secretary,” Loya said. “I was also responsible for daily attendance reports and report cards.”

Working in the school system was great because she was able to keep the same schedule as her daughters.

“But with both of them grown and graduated from college, I was looking for a change,” she said. “This position became available, and I thought I’d give it a shot.”

Loya attended training in Austen from Dec. 6-10 and took the oath of office on Dec. 23.

“So far, things are going well, but it’s kind of slow right now,” Loya said. “You can’t really learn some of the stuff without working on it. I’m looking forward to learning everything I need to learn to be here.”

Appointed by the city council, the municipal court judge deals with Class C misdemeanors including traffic violations, moving violations and city code enforcement, such as animal and weed control.

Loya was born and raised in Muleshoe, and her parents still live in the community.

“Muleshoe is just a small community, but everybody knows everybody, and there are a lot of friendly people here,” she said. “I’m looking forward to working with the community.”

Gail M. Williams

Muleshoe Journal Correspondent

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