The newest Shawnee County Judge is ready to take the bench.
Judge David Debenham was sworn in Monday afternoon to serve the Third Judicial District.
He replaces retired judge Thomas Conklin.
Debenham most recently served as Deputy District Attorney.
He says he and his wife are excited about this new position. The new judge says he has been working and studying to get ready.
As a district court judge, Debenham will hear civil and criminal cases.