Four county officers, including new magisterial district justice, sworn in

With City of Warren Police in attendance, former Chief Raymond Zydonik is sworn in as magisterial district justice by Judge Gregory Hammond. Others sworn in to county offices on Tuesday were incumbents Magisterial District Justice Laura Bauer, District Attorney Rob Greene, and Prothonotary and Clerk of Courts Susan Kosinski.

With the start of the new year, four county officers, including three incumbents who were reelected, were sworn in on Tuesday.

Judge Gregory Hammond swore in Prothonotary and Clerk of Courts Susan Kosinski, District Attorney Rob Greene, and Magisterial District Judge Laura Bauer. He also gave the oath to Magisterial District Judge Ray Zydonik, who takes the place of Justice Glenn Carlson, who retired.

President Judge Maureen Skerda was not available for the event because she was helping swear in officials in Venango County, Hammond said.

Hammond spoke highly of each of the officers.

“I can’t imagine a harder working, more dedicated elected official than Ms. Kosinski,” he said. “If something needs to be done, she comes in after hours or on the weekends and gets it done.”

Hammond said he had even run into Kosinski working at the courthouse on New Year’s Day.

“Judge Skerda and I are thrilled with Rob’s performance and his office,” Hammond said. “His office processes and prosecutes every criminal case that comes through this county.”

He said he is respected in the courts, including by defense attorneys.

“When nobody runs against you after your first term, it’s a good sign you’re doing a good job,” Hammond said of Greene.

“Judge Skerda and I can’t tell you how crucial it is for us to have our magisterial district justice backbone operating for us,” Hammond said.

He said Bauer embodies the virtues of “kindness, respect, dignity, honesty, and trust.”

“Ray will be filling the large, literally and figuratively, shoes of Justice Carlson. I had the opportunity to work with Ray for about a decade… I gained a great deal of respect for Ray.”