KEYSER - Newly-elected Family Court Judge Deanna Rock was invested in her new position Friday in a ceremony held before a packed courtroom in Mineral County.

By Liz Beavers
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KEYSER - Newly-elected Family Court Judge Deanna Rock was invested in her new position Friday in a ceremony held before a packed courtroom in Mineral County.
Rock was elected in May as the second judge in the 23rd Family Court Circuit, which includes Mineral, Hampshire and Morgan counties.
Until this year, the circuit was under the jurisdiction of only one judge, currently Judge Glen Stotler, but the second position was added when it was determined the 23rd Circuit was one of the busiest in the state.
Emcees for the program were attorneys Kelley Kuhn and Meredith Haines.
Among the crowd present for the ceremony were 21st Circuit Court Judge Jay Courrier, retired Judge Phil Jordan, and 22nd Circuit Court Judges H. Charles Carl and C. Carter Williams.
Rock’s son Connor spoke about his mother during the ceremony, calling her an “extra mile kind of person” who has excelled in whatever she has chosen to do.
“I’ve seen my mom take on a lot of roles, and I’ve never seen her be bad at any of them,” he said.
Pastor Brent Biller of Grace Bible Fellowship gave the invocation, and called Rock “a problem solver” with “great people skills.” A long-time friend of the family, he presented the new judge with a framed copy of the prayer he offered during Friday’s ceremony.
Judge Stotler administered the oath of office to Rock, and her husband Dr. Kenneth Rock and son Connor assisted her with donning her judicial robe for the first time.
“I am really honored to begin this new chapter in my career,” Rock told the crowd, thanking family, friends and colleagues for their support over the years. She especially thanked Judge Stotler, calling him “a wonderful friend … resource and mentor.
“He brings common sense to the bench (and) I have learned so much from him,” she said.
She also noted that, as an attorney in private practice, she has “appeared before a lot of judges.
“I hope to bring with me the best qualities” from all of them, she said.
She promised to serve the bench “to the best of my ability and with the most honest of intentions.”
Attorney Max White and prosecuting attorney Cody Pancake also spoke during the program.