Not only is she making history, but she's fulfilling a dream.
Kathy Garner was sworn in as the first African American and female judge in Gadsden County's history...in the courtroom she says she grew up in.
Her father served as the mayor Pro Tem of the city of Quincy, and her mother always knew this is where Kathy would serve her community someday.
Friends and colleagues say her good heart and knowledge of the law are just two of the many attributes that make her qualified for the bench.
"She has character, integrity and she's professional and she is a people's judge. She's going to do this county so proud and I'm so proud of her. She's my sister, my mentor, my colleague and everyone loves her so much," says attorney Sherrie Barnes, Garner's Public Relations Secretary.
And being sworn in as judge is an honor she couldn't be more proud of.
"I'm overwhelmed, I'm humbled and I'm honored by the love and support that I've received from my community, my family and my friends," says Garner.
A packed courtroom watched as the new judge received her robe, and listened as she spoke passionately about her past and why she's confident she will be what this community needs in a judge.
"I'd always be humble and mindful of my beginnings. If you don't know where you've come from, you won't know where you're going," Garner adds.
Garner previously served as a child support hearing officer, and says she looks forward to several more years serving the people of Gadsden County in this new position.