County Judge-Elect Peter Sakai sworn into office at Bexar County Courthouse

Sakai told KSAT his priorities for as county judge include the justice system, the county jail, and property taxes.

BEXAR COUNTY – The new year brings new leadership to Bexar County as Judge Peter Sakai was sworn in as county judge Sunday afternoon.

Sakai takes over for Nelson Wolff, who served as Bexar County Judge for more than 20 years.

As the Democratic candidate, Sakai beat Republican Trish DeBerry in the Nov. 8 election with 57% of the vote. He had spent 26 years as a judge but resigned his seat on the 225th District Court in order to run.

According to a press release, Sakai plans to prioritize education, workforce, public safety, access to public health resources, and improve accountability to the citizens of Bexar County.

However, in an interview with KSAT’s Garrett Brnger, Sakai would not go into detail about how he would tackle those issues because he said he doesn’t have any specific plans yet.

Sakai is expected to make his first appearance at a Commissioners Court meeting on Tuesday, January 10, 2023.

Watch the full ceremony below:

About the Authors

Garrett Brnger is a reporter with KSAT 12.

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