Tolliver sworn in as judge
COURTHOUSE — Despite being officially sworn into office earlier in January, Judge Steven Tolliver celebrated being elected into a 10-year term to the Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas Thursday with a swearing-in ceremony at the county courthouse in Norristown.
Tolliver said although he is happy to be sharing the ceremony with several members of his family, church and other well-wishers, he was sad his parents could not be there.
“They were two loving parents who encouraged me to work hard and to pursue my dreams. Their spirit is here amongst us now,” Tolliver said.
He said he would not be where he is today without the help of several positive influences in his life.
“I was fortunate to have an older brother who was part mentor, friend and confidant,” Tolliver said. “With my father and brother, I had in-house role models that kept me grounded and instilled confidence and shared their love, experience and foresight so I did not experience certain things that they experienced in their lifetimes.”
Judge William Furber opened the ceremony.
“Today we have the pleasure
and the honor of swearing in one of our two new common pleas judges,” Furber said. “This is always an exciting time for the bench as we greet our new judges, who help us manage the increasing onslaught of litigation in Montgomery County. We look forward to working with our new colleague and benefit from his contribution to the administration of justice.”
The certification of selection was read by state Rep. Steve McCarter ( D- 154th Dist.).
“It gives me great pleasure to read this document in such a way that again I was very happy to share many experiences with Steve over the years, especially on election night,” McCarter said.
The document officially states that Tolliver won the election and will sit on the bench with the judges of the Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas.
Judge Garrett Page swore Tolliver in. Page and Tolliver graduated from Central High School in Philadelphia.
“I do not believe that there’s ever been a county in the commonwealth, maybe not in the country, that has a judge swearing in another judge who sat right across from him in high school and graduated with him,” Page said.
Tolliver’s wife, Dorothy, held the Bible as Tolliver repeated the oath administered by Page.
Tolliver’s sons, Steven, Dillon and Lance, assisted the newly sworn judge during the robing ceremony.
Tolliver and Judge Gail Weilheimer both had public ceremonies scheduled for earlier this month, but the ceremonies were canceled due to bad weather. Since both had to be sworn in, they were sworn in by Furber privately on Jan. 6. Weilheimer’s public ceremony has not yet been scheduled.