Judge Chad Ken­ney OK’d forseaton fed­eral bench

Daily Times (Primos, PA) - - FRONT PAGE - By Alex Rose arose@21st-cen­tu­ry­media.com @arosedelco on Twit­ter

Delaware County Com­mon Pleas Court Judge Chad F. Ken­ney has been con­firmed by the U.S. Se­nate for a new post on the U.S. Dis­trict Court for the Eastern Dis­trict of Penn­syl­va­nia.

“Dur­ing his years of pub­lic ser­vice, Judge Ken­ney has proven him­self to be an in­de­pen­dent and fair ju­rist who has served the peo­ple of Delaware County well,” said Repub­li­can Sen­a­tor Pat Toomey in a joint re­lease with his Demo­cratic col­league, Bob Casey. “Judge Ken­ney will make a ter­rific ad­di­tion to Penn­syl­va­nia’s Eastern Dis­trict bench and I con­grat­u­late him.”

Ken­ney, 61, is a grad­u­ate of Mon­signor Bon­ner High School, Vil­lanova Univer­sity and Tem­ple Law School, where he served on the Law Re­view. He was nom­i­nated by Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump for the fed­eral judge­ship in De­cem­ber.

Ken­ney has served in a va­ri­ety of roles in the Com­mon Pleas C ourt, in­clud­ing fam­ily court, the crim­i­nal and civil trial sec­tions and the mo­tion hear­ing divi­sion. He most re­cently over­saw or­phans court.

Ken­ney served as Delaware County Sher­iff from 1998 un­til his ap­point­ment to the Delaware County bench in Au­gust 2003. He was elected to a full 10-year term on the bench later that same year and was elected by the Board of Judges to serve as pres­i­dent judge in June 2012, re­plac­ing Judge Joseph Cronin.

Ken­ney, a Repub­li­can and for­mer Nether Prov­i­dence party leader, served as pres­i­dent judge un­til 2017, when he was re­placed by Judge Kevin F. Kelly. Ken­ney is on va­ca­tion and could not be reached for com­ment Fri­day, but Kelly said Ken­ney had demon­strated un­wa­ver­ing ded­i­ca­tion to his re­spon­si­bil­i­ties through­out his years on the bench to as­sure that the ends of jus­tice were al­ways met for all par­ties.

“The hall­mark of Judge Ken­ney’s pres­i­dent judge ten­ure was a staunch com­mit­ment to sys­tem­atic bet­ter­ment and an in­sight­ful ap­pre­ci­a­tion of the court’s need to rec­og­nize and ef­fec­tively ad­dress within the con­straints of the ju­di­cial func­tion a host of so­ci­etal con­cerns, in­clud­ing the on­go­ing opi­oid epi­demic bat­tle and the unique chal­lenges pre­sented by those suf­fer­ing from men­tal ill­ness and mil­i­tary vet­er­ans be­com­ing en­meshed in the crim­i­nal jus­tice sys­tem,” Kelly said in an emailed state­ment. “His fore­sight­ed­ness and tire­less ef­forts in such re­gard led to the cre­ation of the Men­tal Health and Vet­er­ans Court pro­grams, along with the Sec­ond Chance Court treat­ment pro­gram, and the ex­pan­sion of the ex­ist­ing Drug Treat­ment Court.”

“…The board of judges wishes him all the best for con­tin­ued suc­cess on his as­sum­ing the fed­eral bench.”

Judge Chad Ken­ney

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