SUNBURY - Attorney Kymberley Best has been appointed by Northumberland County President Judge William H. Wiest as a replacement hearing officer for Marsha Skoff whenever she is not available.

Wiest issued an order Monday morning naming Best as Skoff's replacement in case she's on vacation or ill.

Skoff, who requested the judge to fill her position whenever she is absent, said, "I appreciate Judge Wiest appointing Kym as a replacement hearing officer. This is a pro-active step to make sure the public is not inconvenienced whenever I'm not here."

Skoff, who has been the county's hearing officer since 2008, presides at protection from abuse (PFA) and child custody hearings.