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Dec. 30, 2010
Governor Announces Appointments to 11 Judicial Vacancies

Outgoing Chief Justice Eric Brown has been appointed by Ohio Governor Ted Strickland to fill a vacant seat on the Franklin County Municipal Court. Brown was defeated for election to the office of Chief Justice by Justice Maureen O’Connor, who will begin the six-year term Jan. 1.

Brown’s appointment to the municipal court was one of 11 appointments announced by the governor today to fill judicial vacancies on courts in Clermont, Franklin, Lucas, Madison, Montgomery, Paulding and Putnam counties, and in the cities of Cleveland, Dayton and Sidney.

“It has been an honor and a privilege serving on the Supreme Court of Ohio,” Chief Justice Brown said. “I am grateful that Governor Strickland has given me an opportunity to continue to serve as a judge and to apply my legal experience in my local community. I look forward to working with the wonderful judges and staff of the Franklin County Municipal Court.”

Chief Justice Elect O’Connor said that she and her colleagues wish Chief Justice Brown well in his new position. “On behalf of the Court, I congratulate Chief Justice Brown on his appointment and wish him all the best in his future pursuits,” she said.

Other appointments announced today were:

Clermont County Municipal Court
Governor Strickland appointed Kenneth Zuk to fill the vacancy on the Clermont County Municipal Court created by the election of Judge Thomas R. Herman to the Clermont County Court of Common Pleas. Zuk, a current Common Pleas Court judge and a former solo practitioner and assistant public defender, will take the bench effective Jan. 7, 2011.

Cleveland Municipal Court
Governor Strickland appointed Lynn McLaughlin Murray to fill the vacancy on the Cleveland Municipal Court created by the election of Judge Kathleen Ann Keough to the 8th District Court of Appeals. Murray, a magistrate with the Cleveland Municipal Court and a former assistant director of law with the City of Cleveland Tax Division, will take the bench effective Jan. 7, 2011.

Dayton Municipal Court
Governor Strickland appointed Christopher Roberts to fill the vacancy on the Dayton Municipal Court created by the death of Judge Dennis Greaney. Roberts, a magistrate for the Dayton Municipal Court and a former general practice attorney, will take the bench effective Jan. 7, 2011.

Lucas County Common Pleas Court
Governor Strickland appointed Myron Duhart to fill the vacancy on the Lucas County Common Pleas Court created by the December 17 resignation of Judge Charles J. Doneghy. Duhart, a general practice attorney and a small business owner, will take the bench effective Jan. 7, 2011.

Madison County Municipal Court
Governor Strickland appointed Eric Schooley to fill the vacancy on the Madison County Municipal Court created by the announced resignation of Judge R. David Picken. Schooley, a private practice attorney with an emphasis on litigation and criminal law matters, will take the bench effective Jan. 7, 2011.

Montgomery County Common Pleas, Domestic Relations Division
Governor Strickland appointed Timothy Wood to fill the vacancy on the Montgomery County Common Pleas, Domestic Relations Division created by the resignation of Judge Judith A. King, effective December 31. Wood, a magistrate for the Montgomery County Common Pleas, Domestic Relations Division and former managing attorney at Hyatt Legal Services specializing in domestic relations and bankruptcy, will take the bench effective Jan. 7, 2011.

Montgomery County Common Pleas, General Division
Governor Strickland appointed Steven Dankof to fill the vacancy on the Montgomery County Common Pleas, General Division created by the resignation of Judge AJ Wagner, effective Dec. 31. Dankof, a private practice attorney specializing in civil and criminal litigation, would take the bench effective Jan. 7, 2011. In a letter dated Dec. 30, Judge Wagner has indicated that he now intends not to retire.

Paulding County Court
Governor Strickland appointed Suzanne Shuman Rister to fill the vacancy on the Paulding County Court created by the election of Judge Tiffany Beckman to the Paulding County Common Pleas Court. Rister, a private practice attorney, will take the bench effective Jan. 7, 2010.

Putnam County Common Pleas, Probate and Juvenile Division
Governor Strickland appointed Michael A. Borer to fill the vacancy on the Putnam County Common Pleas, Probate and Juvenile Division created by the resignation of Judge Daniel Gerschutz, effective Dec. 31. Borer, a private practice attorney and village solicitor for Leipsic, Pandora, Cloverdale, Dupont and Miller City, will take the bench effective Jan. 7, 2011.

Sidney Municipal Court
Governor Strickland appointed Duane Goettemoeller to fill the vacancy on the Sidney Municipal Court created by the resignation of Judge Donald G. Luce, effective Dec. 31. Goettemoeller, a private practice attorney and an assistant prosecuting attorney in Shelby County, will take the bench effective Jan. 7, 2011.

Contact: Chris Davey or Bret Crow at 614.387.9250.