Pa. district justice appointment confirmed
GREENCASTLE, Pa. - The Pennsylvania State Senate this week confirmed the appointment of Shirley Shatzer as district justice.
She replaced John Ommert, who retired in June, 21/2 years into his six-year term.
Shatzer, 61, could take over the bench in as soon as two weeks, said Jerry Feaser, an aide to Gov. Tom Ridge who nominated her for the job. All that's left now is for Shatzer's commission to be signed and for her to be sworn in, he said.
Shatzer said she didn't know which judge would do the honors.
Ommert recommended Shat-zer, a Republican, for the job when he left. She started working as a part-time secretary in Ommert's office in 1984 and went full time in 1986.
Shatzer will become the only woman among Franklin County's six district justices.
Ommert's duties have been assumed in recent months by retired Senior District Justice J. William Stover.