Wyda replacement Arnoni sworn in

Published Apr 21, 2014 at 3:30 pm (Updated Apr 21, 2014 at 3:30 pm)

Newly appointed District Justice Ron Arnoni said he looks upon his new position as a culmination of his 25 years of community service

“I want to continue to serve and to make a difference in people’s lives,” he said.

Arnoni, who was appointed by Gov. Tom Corbett to finish the unexpired term of the late District Justice Rob Wyda, was sworn in April 16.

Wyda, who died in August 2013, had presided over the district that includes Bethel Park and Upper St. Clair, for more than 13 years..

Arnoni, who has been appointed to a two year term, said he considered Wyda a close, personal friend.

The judicial seat will next be up for election in the May 2015 primary.

Now a Bethel Park resident, Arnoni formerly served as mayor of Brentwood, as well as a council member in that borough. He has worked in both the public and private sector in business and law enforcement. Arnoni is a graduate of the Allegheny County Police Academy and the state Attorney General Academy. He received his certification through The Minor Judiciary Education Board. Over the past 10 years, he has worked as a special agent at the Bureau of Criminal Investigations.

“I want to keep people safe and punish those who would do us harm,” he said.

Arnoni added that he is making being proactive with the local students and protecting senior citizens among his priorities in his new job.

“He has all the qualities I would look for in a district justice,” said Bethel Park Council President Tim Moury

The swearing in ceremony was a family affair, with Arnoni’s young daughter, Taylor, leading the audience in the singing of “America the Beautiful.” His mother, Josephine Arnoni, held the Bible, while Common Pleas Court Judge Kim D. Eaton administered the oath of office. Taylor and Josephine Arnoni, and well as the new district justice’s wife, Kris and his son, Nicholas, helped him don his new judicial robe.

The ceremony was attended by a multitude of local, county and state officials, as well as Arnoni’s extended family, many friends and well-wishers.

“He will be an excellent magistrate, said Pattie Alaimo, a long-time friend of the Arnoni family. “He’s a good, good person.”

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