Municipal judge marks another first

City Clerk Tammy Tracy, right foreground, administers the oath of office to Municipal Judge Toni Bradley Smith, left foreground, as other city officials gather this week before city councilors' committee meetings.

Toni Bradley Smith racked up another first this week when she took the oath of office as the first woman to serve as the lead municipal judge in Muskogee. 

Bradley Smith, general counsel for Armstrong Bank, was appointed in 2012 to serve as one of four municipal judges — reportedly the first woman outside the federal court system to serve as a judge in Muskogee. As one of three alternate judges, Bradley Smith frequently presided over municipal matters that involved juveniles. 

"I want to thank the city so much for giving me this opportunity to continue as a judge for the city," Bradley Smith said after taking the oath of office on Monday. "It is definitely a dream come true for me, and I am so thankful that the city has faith in me and allowing me to continue as juvenile judge, because I love that very much."

Bradley Smith is a 1995 graduate of Muskogee High School. She earned her bachelor's degree in business administration at Southern Methodist University in Dallas and her juris doctorate at the University of Oklahoma College of Law.

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