CARTER COUNTY, Okla. (KTEN) — Associate District Judge Ryan Hunnicutt was officially sworn into office Tuesday by Oklahoma Supreme Court Justice Dustin Rowe, beginning his service to Carter County.

Hunnicutt bring experience to his new position. He served in the Ardmore Police Department for nearly two decades before becoming a prosecutor for the county's district attorney and running his own law firm, Hunnicutt Legal.

"I believe that I have the wisdom of experience to know that these decisions that I'm going to make affect people in their real lives and have a very real impact," he said.

Hunnicutt won the November election for Associate District Attorney over Thomas Baldwin by more than 3,000 votes, and his experience in law was a plus for voters.

"Having been on the police force for as long as he was, being on that side of the law, then going into his private practice being a judge, he has great experience and I expect great things from him," said Carter County voter Matthew Madole.

Hunnicutt's term is for four years.