In his job as a deputy in the McKean County Sheriff's Department, Dave Engman of Kane said he "strived to treat people like I would want to be treated in that situation."
He said he plans to "carry over" this principle as he begins his duty as the new judge for the Kane District Court.
"Most judges want to be known as a fair judge," Engman said. He said the "law dictates the majority of your job and how a district judge proceeds" in handling cases.
During his eight-year career as a deputy sheriff, Engman said he had the opportunity to work with the four county district judges and "saw what the job was about."
Engman never seriously thought about running for election as district judge until 2004 when he received an award for scoring the highest in a criminal and civil law class at the Deputy Sheriffs Academy at Penn State.
He said his fellow deputies "kidded me for having the highest average in the class."
"They told me I would be a district judge some day," Engman said.
After conducting "research and asking questions," Engman decided to undergo a training course for district judge. He completed the course in 2010-- a year before running for election to fill the seat formerly held by the late Mike Kennedy.
Engman won both the Republican and Democratic nominations in the May primary last year. He was elected in November to a six-year term and took office Jan. 1.
Engman is the son of Raymond Engman of East Kane and the late Mabel Engman. His siblings include Mike Engman of Hawaii and Rae Engman Nelson of Kane.
In 2000, Engman married the former Cammy Bloomquist of Kane. They have a 9-year-old son, Ryan, who is a third grade student at the Kane Elementary School, and a 2-year-old daughter, Kaylyn. Cammy is a licensed practical nurse (LPN) at Kane Community Hospital. The Engmans reside along Haines Street in Kane.
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