Buffalo and Johnson County, as part of the Fourth Judicial District, now have a new judge whose seat will be in Buffalo's new judicial center, after a Robing Ceremony was held Monday morning in his brand new District Courtroom in Buffalo, with family, friends, guests and members of the community in attendance.
Judge William J. Edelman was welcomed by Wyoming's Supreme Court Chief Justice Marilyn S. Kite and Justices William U. Hill, Barton R. Voigt, E. James Burke, and Michael K. Davis who presided over the ceremonies. There were short presentations from Jeremy Michaels with the Judicial Nominating Commission; John Cotton of the Wyoming State Bar; the Honorable John Perry, District Judge of the Sixth judicial District in Gillette; and finally the Honorable Governor Matthew H. Mead.
All of the speakers praised Edelman as a man of character and one who will do a fine job for the citizens of Buffalo, Johnson County and the State of Wyoming.
Judge Edelman addressed those present and thanked them for their support, especially his family who will remain in Gillette while his children finish high school. He joked that his wife commented it's like they are divorced, only she doesn't get the good parts because on weekends instead of sending the kids to him, he comes home.
He addressed Governor Mead, who appointed him to the position, saying, “Governor, I hope I can meet all of the expectations you had in appointing me and I will do everything I can...to be a fair and reasoned and courteous judge and carry out the traditions that I have learned from all the judges I have had the honor to appear in front of.”