Payson's native son, John Franklin, was sworn in as a Deputy Gila County Attorney Monday morning.
After two years in the county attorney's office, Franklin is now able to prosecute cases rather than work behind the scenes.
"I'll now be speaking in court instead of just sitting there taking notes," Franklin said. "I will be doing the trials instead of handing them off to someone else."
Franklin's family is one of the area's original pioneers.
"You don't get anymore local than me," Franklin said. "I was born in Payson hospital and graduated from Payson High School in 1987. My family homestead in the 1880s was in Star Valley."
After graduating high school, Franklin attended Northern Arizona University and went on to law school in San Diego.
"Before I finished law school, I got a job with the county attorney's office clerking for them until I passed the bar," Franklin said.
Franklin will work out of the Payson office, but will be commuting to Globe on a regular basis.
"I will do a felony caseload up here and I am the juvenile prosecutor for southern Gila County," he said.
Franklin said just the paperwork took a year of processing before he could be sworn in.
"It's a culmination of many years of stress," Franklin said. "I am really excited that this day has finally come."
Franklin's wife of 11 years, Michelle, said she is elated about her husband's official appointment.
"She had to put up with all the stress, too," Franklin said.
Michelle also went to law school, but has been busy raising their four children in Payson as Franklin doggedly pursued his career.
After years of hard work, local boy, "John T." takes the oath and joins County Attorney Daisy Flores' team in their quest for justice.