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July 3, 2014

Tony Rosini takes oath today as Northumberland County judge

SUNBURY — The newest Northumberland County Judge Tony Rosini is “honored and humbled” after being sworn into the position Thursday morning in Northumberland County Courthouse.

With his wife, mother and mother-in-law by his side, Rosini placed his hand on the Bible he used when he was sworn into his district attorney position in 1995 and recited the oath of office to officially become a county judge.

Rosini, who was in his fifth term as district attorney, will serve the remainder of Senior Judge Robert Sacavage’s term until 2014.

“I will work hard in this position to ensure that everyone who appears before me will be treated with dignity and respect. They will receive the justice the Constitution and law promise them,” he said.

Rosini has been an attorney for 38 years and worked as first assistant district attorney for 12 years before taking over the top job 19 years ago.

While his wife Melinda Rosini, mother Margaret Rosini and mother-in-law Mary Rice were present, Rosini said he wished his father were alive to see him take the new position.

The elder Rosini would have been “very proud,” he said.

Rosini was nominated by Gov. Tom Corbett and received unanimous approval of the Senate Judiciary Committee at his confirmation hearing last week.

The judicial robing and swearing in ceremony was conducted at 11:30 a.m. in Courtroom 1 with remarks from President Judge William Harvey Wiest, Judge Charles H. Saylor and Senior Judges Sacavage, Barry F. Feudale and Harold F. Woelfel Jr.

Sacavage, the one Rosini is replacing, then swore Rosini into office and presented him with his judge’s robe.

Wiest said the court is extremely pleased that Rosini is coming to the bench and he trusts he will serve with “honor and propriety.”

Sacavage called Rosini an effective prosecutor and a pillar of the community.

He also advised Rosini to respect the power he now holds.

“Just because you have the power of a giant doesn’t mean it should be used arbitrarily,” he said.

Woelfel’s advice was to take time in rendering decision and don’t take the job home with him.

Rosini, who was supported by state Sen. John R. Gordner (R-27), was one of 13 individuals nominated by the governor to fill various judicial vacancies across the state.

Gordner, who attended the ceremony, said he was proud of the governor’s “excellent choice.”

Rosini is “very well qualified and very well respected,” he said.

Rosini thanked his friends, family and supporters for their years of helping him reach where he is now.

The ceremony was also attended by Magistrate District Judges Mike Diehl, of Milton; John Gembic, of Shamokin; Ben Apfelbaum, of Sunbury; and Hugh Jones, of Mt. Carmel; Controller Christopher Grayson; Prothonotary Justin Dunkelberger; Recorder of Deeds Mary Zimmerman; Sheriff Robert Wolfe; Coroner James Kelley; Commissioner Rick Shoch; the employees of the district attorney’s office; and other court and county employees.

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