EBENSBURG – Two elected officials were sworn into office Tuesday during a ceremony at Cambria County Courthouse following victories in this fall’s election – one taking the oath for the first time and the other for a sixth term.
Susan Gindlesperger, the county’s newest magisterial district judge, was sworn in for her first term in office by Cambria County judges Tamara Bernstein, Linda Fleming, Patrick Kiniry and Norman Krumenacker III.
Gindlesperger, a magisterial court office manager for 39 years for former district judges Leonard Grecek and Julia Rozum, defeated challenger Max Pavlovich by a 56 to 44 percent margin in November’s general election.
She will replace now-retired District Judge John Barron, and oversee a district that includes most of Richland Township, along with all of Ferndale, Geistown, Scalp Level, Southmont and Westmont boroughs, along with Stonycreek and Upper Yoder townships.
Throughout her campaign, Gindlesperger said she hoped to keep the district safe and pledged to set bail at a level that would keep dangerous defendants behind bars before trial.
Cambria County Sheriff Bob Kolar was also sworn into his sixth term in office after he ran unopposed on the general election ballot.
In May’s primary, Kolar earned more than twice the number of votes as his Democratic challenger, Adams Township police Chief Kirk Moss.
Kolar, 72, was elected to the position in 1997 and took office in January 1998.
During his campaign, Kolar emphasized the high training standards for deputies and continued efforts to improve security at the Cambria County Courthouse as some of his accomplishments in office, along with a recent partnership with the U.S. Marshals Pennsylvania Fugitive Task Force.
Kolar said he wanted to continue those efforts and see his deputies carry on their roles on the FBI Safe Streets Task Force, State Attorney General’s Office Drug Task Force, Cambria County Drug Task Force, Cambria County DUI Task Force and Cambria County Special Emergency Response Team.
Aside from his duties as sheriff, Kolar has served as chairman of the Cambria County Prison Board for the past 15 years and has been a commissioner on the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency for the past eight years.
He is the only sheriff and Cambria County representative to the commission.