City controller, district attorney sworn in to four-year terms

Tak­ing the oath: City Con­trol­ler Alan Butkovitz is sworn in last week at the Academy of Mu­sic. PHOTO COUR­TESY OF MITCH LEFF / CITY OF PHIL­ADELPHIA

City Con­trol­ler Alan Butkovitz and Dis­trict At­tor­ney Seth Wil­li­ams last week took the oath of of­fice for new four-year terms dur­ing a ce­re­mony at the Academy of Mu­sic.

Ed­die Butkovitz, the con­trol­ler’s son, in­tro­duced his fath­er at the Jan. 6 event. The eld­er Butkovitz thanked his son for a “mov­ing trib­ute.”May­or Mi­chael Nut­ter said that he and Butkovitz are not “ad­versar­ies,” but “ad­voc­ates” for the city.

Butkovitz, 61, took the oath of of­fice from Com­mon Pleas Court Judge Mark I. Bern­stein. 

A Demo­crat from Castor Gar­dens, he is be­gin­ning his third four-year term. Pre­vi­ously, he served as a state rep­res­ent­at­ive from 1990 to 2005.

Soon, Butkovitz will have a big de­cision to make. He’s in­dic­ated an in­terest in the 2015 may­or­al race, but would have to resign to make the run.

In his re­marks, he cred­ited his of­fice with com­ing up with hun­dreds of mil­lions of dol­lars in po­ten­tial sav­ings and rev­en­ue-pro­du­cing ini­ti­at­ives.

“We have ac­com­plished so much over the past eight years in re­shap­ing the con­trol­ler’s of­fice and in the sig­ni­fic­ance of the re­ports and re­com­mend­a­tions we pro­duce,” he said.

Dis­trict At­tor­ney Seth Wil­li­ams, a Demo­crat, took the oath of of­fice for a second term. He was in­tro­duced by state Sen. An­thony Wil­li­ams, no re­la­tion to him. It was the first time Seth Wil­li­ams was on stage at the Academy of Mu­sic since June 17, 1985, the day he gradu­ated from Cent­ral High School.

The dis­trict at­tor­ney noted that the city’s hom­icide total last year was the low­est since 1967.

“But we can­not rest on our laurels,” he said, adding that his of­fice will con­tin­ue to fo­cus on re­du­cing gun vi­ol­ence.

Wil­li­ams also plans to com­bat tru­ancy and the high school dro­pout rate, ar­guing that both of them con­trib­ute to crime.

“No child holds a book in one hand and a gun in the oth­er,” he said.

Pennsylvania Su­preme Court Chief Justice Ron Castille, a Rhawn­hurst res­id­ent and former Phil­adelphia dis­trict at­tor­ney, ad­min­istered the oath of of­fice to 28 judges of the Com­mon Pleas and Mu­ni­cip­al courts.

The newly elec­ted Com­mon Pleas Court judges are Gio­vanni Camp­bell, Anne Mar­ie Coyle, Joe Fernandes, Timi­ka Lane, Dan Mc­Caf­fery, Scott O’Keefe and Si­erra Thomas.

The Com­mon Pleas Court judges in­stalled for an­oth­er 10-year term are Jac­queline Al­len, Genece Brinkley, Remy Djer­assi, Lori Du­mas, Holly Ford, Joel John­son, Fre­der­ica Mas­siah-Jack­son, Ray­ford Means, Jef­frey Mine­hart, Joseph O’Keefe, Nina Wright Pa­dilla, Paula Patrick, Dor­is Pech­kur­ow and Al­lan Tereshko.

The newly elec­ted Mu­ni­cip­al Court judges are Mar­tin Cole­man, Henry Le­wan­dowski and Fran Shields.

The Mu­ni­cip­al Court judges in­stalled for an­oth­er term are Teresa Carr Deni, Jac­quelyn Fra­zi­er-Lyde, Joseph O’Neill and Wendy Pew.

The event fea­tured ap­pear­ances by the Phil­adelphia Boys Choir and the Phil­adelphia Po­lice and Fire de­part­ments’ com­bined col­or guard. ••

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