The Philadelphia Inquirer's Angela Couloumbis offers more details about Republican Gov. Tom Corbett's chief of staff, Bill Ward, heading home from Harrisburg to fill a vacancy on the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas.
Ward, of Mt. Lebanon, will be replaced in Harrisburg by Stephen Aichele, an attorney from Chester County who currently works as Mr. Corbett's chief counsel:
"In a statement, Mr. Corbett said a judgeship has been a lifelong career goal for Mr. Ward, a former top state and federal prosecutor and a longtime friend and confidante to Mr. Corbett.
" 'For as long as I've known Bill, it's been his dream to be a judge,' the governor said. 'I'm happy to help make that dream happen, both for Bill and for the citizens who will benefit from his knowledge and integrity.' "
"Prior to joining the Corbett administration, Mr. Ward was an attorney with the firm Ward McGough, where he had litigated civil and criminal cases. He would be filling one of two currently vacant spots on the county bench following confirmation by the state Senate."
(Photo: Chief of Staff Bill Ward)