Rosini sworn in as Northumerland County judge
SUNBURY - History was made at the Northumberland County Courthouse Thursday morning with the swearing-in of a new judge and the county's first female district attorney.
Longtime District Attorney Tony Rosini was elevated to the bench to complete the term of former President Judge Robert Sacavage. Sacavage, now a senior judge, was there to administer the oath of office to his successor.
Present in support of Rosini were his mother, Margaret Rosini, his wife, Melinda Rosini, and mother-in-law, Mary Rice.
Rosini, who will cap off his career with this interim judgeship appointment, will serve until the term expires in early January 2016. He will not seek election when the position is on the ballot in 2015.
"I am honored and humbled to serve out the balance of my career as a Northumberland County judge," Rosini said. Rosini's new robe, donated by the Northumberland County Bar Association, was presented to him by President Judge William Harvey Wiest. "I will strive to emulate the many fine judges that I have come before as district attorney."
The new judge's first official act was to swear in his first assistant district attorney, Ann Targonski, as his successor to complete his term as district attorney.
Rosini said he is leaving the DA's office in good hands with Targonski and his hard-working staff. He noted that because of the office's large caseload, the transition will be difficult, but he knows they will pull through.
Targonski will complete Rosini's term, which also ends in 2016. She said she will likely be a candidate in 2015 for a full term.
Joining Targonski as witnesses were her husband, Edward O'Donnell, and her father, Leonard Targonski.
"I look forward to the days that being a district attorney, not a female DA, is the news."
Prior to the ceremony, Wiest, Sacavage, Judge Charles Saylor, Senior Judge Barry Feudale and Senior Judge Harold Woelfel Jr. addressed the audience, and each in turn offered Rosini a few words of advice.
"Number one, be fair. Number two, be conscientious," Saylor said.
"Good lawyers make great judges," Feudale said, adding that it is "nice to see another Rosini on the bench," referring to the late James Rosini.
Sacavage called Rosini "a stalwart friend, an effective deputy prosecutor and a pillar of the community who has led an exemplary life."