Elected officials take the oath of office
● By Steven Hoffman
“I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support, obey and defend the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and that I will discharge the duties...with fedelity so help me God.”
A group of more than 70 people were on hand at the Oxford District Court on Friday, Dec. 29 as Magisterial District Judge Scott A. Massey was sworn in for a six-year term presiding over District Court 15-3-05. Chester County Court of Common Pleas Judge Allison Bell Royer handled the duties of swearing in Massey, who was elected to his second 6-year term in November.
Once he was sworn in, Massey then administered the oath of office to seven local township supervisors, setting the stage for local municipal governments to reorganize for the start of a new year.
seven supervisors who were officially sworn into office are Charles
Fleischmann (Upper Oxford Township), Samuel Goodley, Jr. (East
Nottingham Township), Albert L. Jezyk, Jr. (Elk Township) Curtis
Mason (Penn Township), Candice Miller (West Nottingham Township),
Gerard Porter (New London Township), and William Winand (West
Chester County Commissioner Terence Farrell, State Rep. John Lawrence, Magisterial District Judges Michael Cabry and John Hipple, retired District Judge James DeAngelo, Oxford Borough mayor Geoff Henry and mayor-elect Lorraine Durnan Bell were all among those in attendance for the ceremony.
The seven supervisors who were sworn in, collectively, have considerable experience on the job. Leading the way is Mason, who has already been a supervisor in Penn Township for 21 years, and is embarking on another six-year term. Porter has already served 14 years as a New London supervisor, and he, too, is starting a six-year term. Fleischmann has been a supervisor in Upper Oxford Township for 12 years, the same amount of time that Jezyk has been a supervisor in Elk Township. Both are starting six-year terms.
Goodley won a six-year term on the East Nottingham Township Board of Supervisors in November. He had previously served for more than eight years as a supervisor in the township.
Miller and Winand were both appointed to fill vacancies on the West Nottingham Township Board of Supervisors within the past two years. In the November election, Miller won a six-year term on the board, while Winand won the election to complete the two-year unexpired term.
The areas served by District Court 15-3-05 include the Borough of Oxford and the townships of Penn, Elk, East Nottingham, West Nottingham, Upper Oxford, Lower Oxford, and New London.