It's a sad day in Carbon County, as all officials and residents mourn the death of Judge David W. Addy.

But life must go on and Judge Addy would have wanted it that way.

Carbon County commissioners said Thursday that Senior Judge Richard W. Webb will be helping handle court case loads until a replacement judge can be appointed. Judge Webb, who is a former President Judge of Carbon County Court of Common Pleas, helped while Addy was hospitalized earlier this year. The new third county judge, Steven Serfass, will also be sworn in to office in January.

The replacement judge, whoever that may be, will now be appointed by Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell.

According to Art Heinz, communications coordinator for the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts, the person that is selected by Rendell must then be confirmed by the state Senate before they are allowed to take their position on the bench.

If they are not confirmed, the appointment process begins again.

Heinz said the replacement will serve until the voters choose someone in the November 2011 election to serve a full 10-year term.