"When you appeared before Judge Spaulding and Judge Stowers, you always knew you'd be treated fairly, with dignity and respect ... you knew the decision made was reasoned and well thought out," Reeder said.
"People of the county can rest assured that I will work hard every day to ensure I honor that tradition."
Reeder plans to find ways to streamline cases to deal with the county's drug problem, which he says accounts for about 90 percent of crime in the county.
He wants to introduce an adult drug court and focus on ways to reduce recidivism, which usually occurs when convicted felons can't kick their drug habits.
Reeder's wife, Linda, and their two sons, Nicholas, 14, and Samuel, 11, stood with him while he was sworn in. Reeder paused to keep from tearing up while he talked about his wife and the hard work of his family during his campaign.
Reeder earned a law degree from West Virginia University in 1991. Several years ago, he left a Charleston law firm and opened his own in Hurricane, he said.
"I've had the opportunity to represent a number of businesses and individuals in Putnam County," said Reeder. "For some, I became their family lawyer, which is something I considered a privilege and never took lightly."
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