In his final act as Justice of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, William Lamb presided over the oath of office for commissioners and row officers at the Chester County Courthouse.
"It is a great day for Chester County when all of the campaigning ends and we can get about the business of doing the job," Lamb said. "I took my oath of office here a little more than a year ago. It's been a wonderful experience and I wouldn't trade it for the world."
Joseph Brion, a lawyer in West Chester, acted as master of ceremonies. He said it was the first time he could recall the Supreme Court presiding over the swearing in of justices.
County commissioners, judges of the Court of Common Pleas and a district attorney were installed among others during the oath of office ceremony.
Howard Riley, a lifetime member of the West Goshen Fire Company, worked closely under Robert Casey and took his first oath of office in December 1992. He was sworn in Sunday as a Court of Common Pleas judge.
Jacqueline Cody, a graduate of Villanova University School of Law and lifetime resident of Chester County, was introduced to some 200 people in Courtroom One by her brother, district attorney Joseph Cody, also sworn into office during the ceremony. She was returning for her second term as a Court of Common Pleas judge.
"She's a gifted jurist," her brother said. "She knows that the power she'll be exercising is entrusted to you, not her. She will remember that everyday of her term."
Edward Griffith, John Hall and James MacElree were also installed as judges of the Court of Common Pleas.
Twelve-year incumbent Democrat Andrew Dinniman was introduced by close friend Andrew Greenfield before being sworn in as county commissioner.
"It's very different to play the role of minority commissioner effectively," Greenfield said. "Andy has. He has done a great job. He has showed in every possible way that he is a team player."
Carol Aichele and Donald Mancini were sworn in as county commissioners as well. According to Brion, Aichele is the first commissioner to be elected from Tredyffrin since 1892. Mancini, a resident of Willistown and active participant on the township's board of supervisors returned for his second term in office.
Sheriff Bunny Welsh, a resident of Pennsbury Township, received kudos from both Brion and Lamb for her actions in the county since 2000. She returned for her second term.
Terence Farrell was given credit for recently providing public access to records of deed around the county via the Internet. The resident of Oxford was sworn in as the recorder of deeds in Chester County.
Brion said Paula Gowen was an excellent friend and a superior register of wills. She was sworn in for another term.
"She's been a supporter and a friend for as many years as I've been here," Brion said. "You ask her to do something and she does it. She does it well."
Gwen Knapp was installed for her first term as a district justice. Born in Canada, she became a U.S. citizen in1958 and moved to Chester County in 1984. Her friends said she came from a background steeped in dedication to civic service.
"Gwen is almost genetically inclined to public service," Diane LeBold said. "I've known her since we were at Bucknell University. Her balanced temperament and dedication to fairness will serve West Chester well. Her court will always be fair and ethical."
Grover Koon was sworn in as district justice for the 1st and 3rd wards of District 15105, which serves Coatesville and Valley Townships.
"Everyone knows him and everyone respects him," Brion said.
Stanley Scott, a district justice since 1985, was sworn in to preside over Lionville, Upper Uwchlan, Uwchlan and West Pikeland in District 15207.
"2003 was a great election year and many talented officials were sworn in today," Lamb said. "But my message today is please vote in 2004. Looking around this room today, we can honestly say your vote counts. It does matter."