Exciting news from the Providence Journal:
Swearing-in ceremonies for the state’s newest Superior Court judge and for the 51st chief justice of the Rhode Island Supreme Court have been scheduled for this week.
On Thursday, Governor Carcieri will swear in Supreme Court Justice Paul A. Suttell as the head of the state’s highest court. The ceremony will begin at 1 p.m. on the steps of the State House.
Suttell will succeed Frank J. Williams, who retired in December after eight years at the helm of the state judiciary. Nominated by Carcieri on May 28, and then confirmed by the House and Senate in one whirlwind week in late June, Suttell, a onetime Republican legislator, inherits a court system with about 700 employees and a $102-million budget.
On Friday, July 17, the governor will administer the oath of office to Superior Court nominee Kristin Rodgers, the daughter of retiring Superior Court Presiding Judge Joseph F. Rodgers. The ceremony will begin at 1 p.m. in the State House rotunda.
Rodgers was chosen by Carcieri, from a list of finalists presented to him by the state’s Judicial Nominating Commission, to take the seat of Vincent A. Ragosta, who retired in May 2008.