ABERDEEN, Miss. (WTVA)-- There was a passing of the gavel ceremony in Aberdeen Monday at the federal building.
The ceremony takes place every seven years when one judge becomes a senior judge and the next in line takes his or her place as a Chief Judge.
In this case, Chief United States District Judge Mike Mills passed the gavel to District Judge Sharion Aycock.
This makes Aycock the first woman to hold that position in the Northern Federal Judicial District of Mississippi.
"Well, it's a huge honor and a great privelege to serve the Northern District. We've just had the opportunity to hear Judge Davidson talk about the long and extensive history of the Northern District, and to think that I'm now a part of that serving as a Chief Judge is very special," said Aycock.
Senior Judge Glen H. Davidson gave the principal address saying that justice in the Northern Judicial District has proven to be fair and impartial throughout the district's history.