DELAWARE COUNTY

New head for water authority

CHESTER Former Pennsylvania Secretary of Revenue Robert A. Judge Sr. is to soon take the helm of the Chester Water Authority, the municipal organization has announced.

On Jan. 18, Judge is to fill the position of executive manager, in which he will oversee operations. The authority provides water service to more than 200,000 residents and businesses in Chester City and parts of Delaware and Chester Counties.

The appointment marks another career change for the former Harrisburg politician, who served under Gov. Tom Ridge in the 1990s. The son of Thomas J. Judge Sr., longtime chairman of the Delaware County Republican Party, the younger Judge has navigated careers as Delaware County treasurer, a Delaware River Port Authority executive, and a communications manager for Exelon Generation Co.

"His government background and experience in the highly regulated energy sector makes him an excellent fit for our organization," said Cynthia F. Leitzell, chair of the Chester Water Authority's board of directors.

Judge is to replace Russell Williams, who led the authority for eight years. - Caitlin McCabe