SUNBURY — Judge Paige Rosini and Commissioner Kymberley Best were sworn in Monday after being the first women elected to their positions in Northumberland County history.
Rosini is a former assistant public defender, and Best, a former county chief clerk.
Best is not the first woman to serve as commissioner, but the first to be elected. Eleanor Kuhns was appointed as commissioner in 1993 to replace the late Charles Lewis.
Rosini and Hugh Jones, the former district judge in Mount Carmel, won the Republican and Democratic nominations for the two vacant 10-year county judge positions in May, making their wins in the Nov. 3 general election basically a formality.
President Judge Charles Saylor, who was sworn into his leadership position Monday, said he was looking forward to working with Rosini and Jones and was proud to welcome Rosini as the first female judge in the county.
“I’m grateful for the opportunity to serve,” Rosini said. “I pledge my time and talents toward the fair and impartial administration of justice.”
Rosini, the daughter of the late Northumberland County Judge and District Attorney James J. Rosini, said she will address each matter with a “fair hearing” and “prompt decisions.”
Jones, who has been the district judge in Mount Carmel since 2009, said he first walked into the courthouse in 1968 as a high school student and returned in 1976 as an employee, but he never realized he would be a county judge.
“It’s been a lifelong dream,” he said.
Rosini has been practicing law since 1995 where she began her legal career with her father. She earned a juris doctor degree from the Dickinson School of Law, Carlisle, and a bachelor of arts degree from Boston College.
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