ORANGE COUNTY, Texas — A former Orange County commissioner will be sliding into the chair as county judge on Friday.

On Tuesday, commissioners appointed John Gothia.

He will serve the county until the end of 2020 and after that, a newly elected judge will take over. 

It's been a time of transition for Orange County.

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Judge Dean Crooks resigned in March, less than a year into his first term.

County commissioners then named former Judge Carl Thibodeaux as an interim the seat. 

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Thibodeaux stepped down last week. 

Gothia will be sworn in Friday at noon. 

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