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Lewisburg attorney appointed as Circuit judge

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LEWISBURG (WVVA) - As West Virginia’s 11th Circuit court prepares to say goodbye to one of its judges, his replacement has just been named.

Governor Earl Ray Tomblin appointed Lewisburg attorney, Robert Richardson, as the new Circuit county judge for Greenbrier and Pocahontas counties.

“It's an exciting opportunity, a new challenge,” Richardson told WVVA. “I look forward to serving the people of Pocahontas and Greenbrier counties in this capacity."

Richardson will take the place of retiring Judge Joseph Pomponio.

Richardson grew up in the Greenbrier Valley and says he's excited to represent the area. "This is the place where I've raised my children and this is the place that will always be home for me."

Richardson is a graduate of West Virginia University, University of Virginia School of Law and Georgetown University Law Center.

The soon-to-be judge was one of five candidates being considered. "I've worked in public interest law, I've represented plaintiffs, I've represented defendants,” Richardson said. “I've done business work; I've worked in family court. And I think that those things may have influenced the decision."

And county officials are applauding the governor's decision.

"I've known Bob Richardson for the 13 years I've been in the county clerk's office. He will be a great asset to Greenbrier County."

Richardson will first have to close down his private practice, but hopes to take the bench by July 1st.

He first has a message for his predecessor. "I appreciate the service Judge Pomponio has given to the people of this community, both as family judge and as circuit judge. And I wish him the best in his retirement."

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