Patrick S. Flynn (left) was sworn in as Associate Circuit Judge in the 45th Judicial Circuit (Lincoln and Pike counties) Thursday afternoon by the Honorable David Ash (right). Flynn, who previously served in this capacity before entering private practice, fills the opening created with the resignation of Ben Burkemper. Burkemper accepted a position with the Attorney General’s Office. The ceremony was attended by a courtroom filled with family and friends at the courthouse on Main Street in Troy. Flynn will assume his duties Jan. 27. Above, Flynn places his hand on the Flynn family Bible.