LOGAN — William Douglas Witten was sworn-in at the Logan County Courthouse July 31 as a judge in the Seventh Judicial Circuit of West Virginia.
The Honorable Judge Eric O’Briant officiated the event, and Reverend Tom Beckett recited a verse from the bible before leading the room in prayer saying, “Now, oh Lord, my God, you have made your servant king….But I am only a little child who does not know how to carry out my duties. Your servant is here among the people…So give your servant a discerning heart to govern your people and distinguish between right and wrong…”
O’Briant continued to say, “On June 30th, Judge Roger Perry retired. The governor of our state, Earl Ray Tomblin, went through the process of naming his sucessor and has chosen William Douglas Witten to do that.”
Robbie Queen, of Governor Tomblin’s office presented a message on behalf of Tomblin saying, “Over the years, Doug has made a significant impact on the lives of many in Logan County. His experience ranges from serving as the assistant prosecuting attorney of Logan County to being partner in two private legal practices for many years. In addition to his legal background, he also served as the past campaign chairman and president of the Logan County Unity Fund. Whether serving in his official capacity or volunteering his time in the Boy Scouts of America…Doug has continuously worked alongside members of our community to make a positive impact. I am confident Doug’s long history of legal experience will serve him well in his new role as circuit court judge.”
After being sworn in, Witten donned his judge’s robes and addressed the courtroom saying, “I want to thank all of you for being here — all of the officials of Logan County. I want to thank the sheriff for being so much help to me in setting up things involved with security. I want to thank my friends, and my wife who set up this reception. Thank you so much — all of you…”
Owen Wells is a reporter for Civitas Media. He can be reached at 304-752-6950 ext. 1729 or by email at [email protected]