Jeffrey A. Manning elected Allegheny County president judge

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Allegheny County Common Pleas Judge Jeffrey A. Manning this afternoon was unanimously selected to become the next president judge.

He will begin serving the five-year term on Dec. 24, per court rule.

Judge Manning, 66, has been on the bench for 25 years, serving as administrative judge in the criminal division for the last five.

"Our court system is one of government's most vital institutions," he said. "Our community places a great deal of trust in the court's ability to solve their disputes and to receive justice. We touch lives everyday more directly and more personally than any other government office."

The vote for the position, which is cast by secret paper ballot, was held at noon.

The vote was 39-0, with two judges missing.

Following the vote, Judge Manning was greeted back in his courtroom by his wife and son, staff and friends.

"This group of people, they are as talented and dedicated as anyone I have ever known," Judge Manning said. "They do their job with the appropriate dignity and honor with which it should be done."

He will succeed Judge Donna Jo McDaniel in the position.

Paula Reed Ward: or 412-263-2620. Twitter: @PaulaReedWard.

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