John Solovan

Dear Editor,

As a result of the recent public announcement by The Honorable John M. Solovan, II, regarding his decision to not be a candidate for re-election as he will be retiring from his position as Judge of the Belmont County Court of Common Pleas upon completion of his current term on Dec. 31, 2014, a chapter in the outstanding and much praise-worthy career of one of the finest and most highly respected judges in the long and illustrious history of Belmont County jurisprudence will reach its culmination.

Judge Solovan, a life-long permanent resident of Belmont County, following his earning of his Juris Doctor Degree from the Boston College School of Law, served in the United States Army, where he was assigned to the Judge Advocate General (J.A.G.) Corp. achieving the rank of captain during his service from 1972-1975.

From 1975-1997 Judge Solovan worked as a practicing attorney, while also serving as Assistant Prosecutor (1977) and later Judge (1978-1997) of the Belmont County Northern Division Court, prior to his election in 1997 to his current position of Judge of the Belmont County Court of Common Pleas.

Judge Solovan has made, and continues to make, an extremely positive indelible mark on Belmont County.

Individuals of such a high caliber of professionalism and integrity are extremely rare, indeed.

However, in addition to his outstanding professionalism, Judge Solovan is, without question, by every measure an equally fine gentleman, if not even more so.

It is individuals such as Judge Solovan who have helped to make Belmont County such a wonderful place.

Thank You.


Richard Hord

Martins Ferry