It took nearly 200 years for a woman to be elected judge in Westmoreland County.
On Wednesday, 35 years after Donetta Ambrose broke the gender barrier on the local bench, the county's 10 full-time judges chose Rita Hathaway as the first woman elected to serve as president judge.
Hathaway, 67, of Murrysville will take over as the administrative head of the local court in January.
“I am very honored and very excited,” Hathaway said.
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