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Wayne Allen

PDT Staff Writer

A ceremonial swearing in ceremony was held for Marie Hoover Wednesday evening in the lobby of the Scioto County Courthouse. Hoover was sworn into office as a judge of the Fourth District Court of Appeals.

After being sworn into office by Judge William Harsha, Jr., Hoover called the experience a fitting start.

“This is kind of like when I got my black belt, they said the journey is just beginning, it’s the same thing here. The campaign was just to get here, now is when the real work starts and this is just the beginning,” Hoover said.

She said, with all of her family and friends in attendance at the ceremony, it was a humbling experience.

“I feel the weight of the whole fourth district, now. I feel like I need to do good and administer justice. This is not just a job, it is truly something that means something to everybody,” Hoover said. “My term starts Feb. 9. I’m trying to get all of the ground work laid here, before we get an office setup. I think it will be a smooth transition.”

Hoover said she does not have a staff yet because of the uncertainty of where her office is going to be.

The county commissioners are working to establish office space for Hoover within the Scioto County Courthouse.

“Some people may have to relocate and I want them (her staff) to be at the office 40 hours a week and I do not know where to tell them to go yet,” Hoover said. “I have in mind who I’m going to hire but, I’ve not officially been able to do that yet, because I do not have an office.”

Counties within the Fourth District Court of Appeals include, Adams, Athens, Gallia, Highland, Hocking, Jackson, Lawrence, Meigs, Pickaway, Pike, Ross, Scioto, Vinton, and Washington.

Hoover will join two other judges with Scioto County ties. Judge Matthew McFarland, a native of Wheelersburg, sits alongside Judge William H. Harsha III, of Circleville, who is also from Scioto County

For more information about the Fourth District Court of Appeals visit www.4thdistrictappeals.com.

Wayne Allen may be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 228, or tallen@civitasmedia.com

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