It was a packed courtroom Wednesday afternoon in Rogers County, but not full of defendants awaiting their fate from the judge.

“This is the culmination of a lifelong dream,” former Rogers County Special District Court Judge Sheila Condren said after being sworn in as the new Associate District Judge Wednesday. “I would like to thank Judge (Dynda) Post and Judge (James) Goodpaster for hiring me and giving me a chance. For that I will be eternally grateful.”

Judge Condren was appointed by Gov. Brad Henry on Friday to serve as associate district judge for the 12th Judicial District in Rogers County. She succeeds J. Dwayne Steidley, who was appointed to a district judgeship in the 12th district in March.

Serving as a special judge for six years, Condren has seen her share of divorce cases, among others, and has headed up the county’s Drug Court program.

District Judge Dynda Post praised Condren on her service as Special District Judge in Rogers County.

“It’s hard to do divorce cases knowing that no one leaves happy, but she does divorce cases with dignity,” Post said of her colleague. “I have every confidence in Judge Condren as she serves as associate district judge.”

As Special District Judge, Condren has served in Drug Court, keeping drug addicts who have been charged criminally and keeping them in the community rather than prison time.

“It keeps them in the community working and with their families and gives them a chance,” she said. “I have served for two years in Drug Court and I am very passionate about it.”

Condren said 88 percent of those who graduated from Drug Court have not re-offended, according to statistics from the past six years.

Gov. Henry selected Condren, of Owasso, from three candidates nominated for the position, including Claremore Mayor and private attorney Brant Shallenburger and Rogers County Assistant District Attorney Barry Farbro.

Condren said she is looking forward to serving as Associate District Judge in the county.

“It’s a responsibility I take very seriously, and I will always keep that in the forefront of my mind,” she told friends, family and colleagues. “I get to continue working at a job I love, in Rogers County, which I love.”