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Search Panel for Tioga County Judicial Vacancy Announced
October 31, 2013
Today individuals have been requested to serve on a search panel to recommend a nominee for the Tioga County President Judge vacancy, according to Senator Joe Scarnati (R-25).
The three individuals who will serve on the bipartisan search panel are Erick Coolidge, Bill Hebe and Sue Vogler.
Scarnati explained that the judicial vacancy exists as a result of the Honorable Robert E. Dalton, Jr. retiring on January 7th, 2014. Justice Dalton currently holds the position of President Judge on the Tioga County Court of Common Pleas. Dalton was reelected in 2011 to a term that expires in 2021.
“Justice Dalton has provided strong leadership and service to our community for over 21 years,” Scarnati said. “While his guidance of the 4th Judicial District will be missed, it is important that we have a strong replacement for an interim Judge. I am confident that this search panel will conduct a thorough review and recommend a nominee who can provide effective governance for the next two years.”
The search panel will select a nominee whose name will be recommended to the governor for appointment to fill the vacancy. The governor has 90 days following Justice Dalton’s retirement to appoint an interim judge and receive Senate confirmation.
Scarnati explained that an election to select a permanent President Judge replacement to serve through 2021 will take place in November of 2015.