Tol­liver sworn in as judge

The Times Herald (Norristown, PA) - - FRONT PAGE - By DAN CLARK

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.

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