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Burlington Vicinage Announces New Trial Court Administrator

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Winnie Comfort, AOC
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Leigh Eastty, Burlington

For release: March 18, 2003

Assignment Judge John A. Sweeney, Burlington Vicinage, has announced the appointment of Thomas M. Gould as trial court administrator, effective March 24. He replaces Richard Callanan, who retired earlier this year.

Under "New Jersey Court Rules," the administrative director of the courts appoints the trial court administrator in each vicinage. Administrative Director Judge Richard J. Williams said he named Mr. Gould on the strong recommendation of Judge Sweeney.

The trial court administrator operates the administrative arm of the vicinage and holds the highest-ranking staff executive position. Mr. Gould will be responsible for court operations, including overseeing budget development and expenditures, supervising all judicial support personnel, managing facilities and resources, and directing program development and analysis.

Mr. Gould, 57, comes to the NJ Judiciary from the Hamilton County Ohio courts, where for 10 years he directed Ohio's largest Clerk of Courts operation as Administrator and Chief Deputy Clerk of Courts. He has a bachelor's degree and master's degree in philosophy from the University of Cincinnati and earned his law degree from the University of Michigan Law School.

"Tom is a seasoned manager, with broad experience in all fields of court operations, from human resources to technology to financial services and facilities management," said Judge Sweeney. "I am delighted that he has elected to relocate to New Jersey and look forward to his contributions on behalf of our state's Judiciary."

Prior to his appointment to the Hamilton County courts, Mr. Gould was engaged in the private practice of law. He also was employed as vice president/general manager and legal counsel to a national marketing and research firm.

"I am honored to have been selected for this opportunity in New Jersey's Judiciary. Working in a truly unified, statewide court system will be a new experience for me and I look forward to sharing ideas with others from around the state as I immerse myself in the operations in Burlington County," said Mr. Gould. "My family and I are filled with anticipation about enjoying all the Garden State has to offer."

The Gould family, including Mr. Gould's wife, Jennie, and five children; Julie, 18; Jack, 8; Sam, 7; Lindsay, 6 and Matthew, 4 are leaving behind their 40 acre Cabin Ridge Farm. The Goulds bought the farm as a project for the family to serve the community and as a learning experience for the children. They raised vegetables and hens and provided the fruits of their labor to neighbors in need, at no cost. They also collected and dispersed clothing, toys and household furnishings and provided free stables and storage for neighbors' livestock and farm equipment.

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