Community Foundation of Westmoreland County

Judge Gary Caruso

Gary Caruso is a resident of Rostraver Township and a graduate of Monessen High School. After graduating from Waynesburg College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics, Caruso received his Juris Doctor's Degree from Duquesne University's Law School in 1973. Before being elected Judge of the Court of Common Pleas of Westmoreland County in November of 1985, Caruso had a general practice of law in Monessen and Rostraver Township. He served as President Judge of the Court of Common Pleas of Westmoreland County from 2012-2014. During the course of his more than 28-year judicial career, Judge Caruso has presided over every type of case in the Civil Court, Orphans’ Court, Family Court and Criminal Court.

Judge Caruso is heavily involved in his community and currently serves on the boards of the Southwestern Pennsylvania Human Services, Inc., Southwestern Pennsylvania Behavioral Services, and the Belle Vernon Area Charitable Fund. He is also a member of the Mon-Valley Basketball Officials Chapter of the PIAA. Caruso is married to the former Patricia Hotz of Monessen and has two children, Natalie and P.J., and five grandchildren.