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CUFFELD APPOINTED PRESIDENT OF PHILADELPHIA TRAFFIC COURT

 CUFFELD APPOINTED PRESIDENT OF PHILADELPHIA TRAFFIC COURT
 HARRISBURG, Pa., Dec. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Gov. Robert P. Casey today appointed Charles H. Cuffeld, a Philadelphia Traffic Court judge since January 1982, to be president judge of the six-member panel that hears Motor Vehicle Code cases in the city.
 Cuffeld, 64, will succeed George Twardy, whose five-year term as president judge expires next Tuesday.
 Under the state constitution, Casey had the option of appointing Cuffeld to a five-year term or to serve for an indefinite period "at the pleasure of the governor." The governor chose the latter.
 "The Philadelphia Traffic Court has been beset with administrative problems," Casey noted. "Judge Cuffeld has assured my office that he is prepared to bring about real improvement in the operation of the court.
 "I am impressed by his experience and by his commitment to judicial reform. There is nothing more important to our democratic system of government than courts that operate fairly and efficiently."
 As president judge, Cuffeld will supervise the judicial business of the court, promulgate administrative rules and regulations and make judicial assignments, subject to the control of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.
 Cuffeld was elected to a six-year term on the Philadelphia Traffic Court in 1981 and certified by the Minor Judiciary Education Board. He was retained by voters for another six-year term in 1987.
 Prior to his service on the Philadelphia Traffic Court, Cuffeld was director of community relations for Geriatric and Medical Center Inc. and was chief deputy court crier for the Philadelphia Municipal Court.
 Cuffeld has served on the boards of Freedom Farms, Concerned Black Men, the Mayor's Office of Community Services, the West Philadelphia YMCA, the Boy Scouts Unity District Council and the Salvation Army.
 Cuffeld has been named Man of the Year by the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. He also has won two Pennsylvania awards for promoting highway safety.
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 /CONTACT: John L. Taylor of the Commonwealth News Bureau, 717-783-1116/


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