GOV.?JOHN R. Kasich has appointed Thomas Shawn Hervey of Cadiz to serve as a judge on the Harrison County Court of Common Pleas, General and Domestic Relations Divisions.
Hervey will assume office on June 7, 2013, and must run in November 2014 to retain the seat for full term commencing April 18, 2015. Hervey is replacing Judge Michael Nunner, who retired at the end of 2012 and has been serving as interim since that announcement.
"I am honored to be appointed by Gov. Kasich," Hervey stated. "It is a great opportunity for me and I look forward to serving the citizens of Harrison County in this new capacity."
"I spent 16 years in the Prosecutor's Office, 10 years as the prosecuting attorney," Hervey added. "I have been very proud of my time as a prosecutor and the accomplishments that this office has had."
"I would like to thank my predecessor in this office, Judge Puskarich (Harrison County Common Pleas Juvenile Probate Court Judge Matthew Puskarich) for giving me an opportunity to come to Harrison County and work and raise a family."
"I would like to thank my staff, Patti Sabo, Caroyln Blackburn and Michael Washington for being with me from day one and helping this office be a success," the new judge acknowledged. "I also would like to give recognition to Judge Nunner who faithfully served Harrison County as a judge for 20 years. He has been a mentor to me in my career, and I hope I can carry on his legacy of giving everyone in the community justice."
Hervey received a bachelor of science degree in education from The Ohio State University in 1994, and earned his juris doctorate from the University of Toledo School of Law in 1997. Since February 2003, he has served as a prosecuting attorney for Harrison County. Hervey is involved in Harrison County's youth soccer and baseball programs, and is an elder at the Presbyterian Church of Cadiz. He is also a chairperson for the Ohio Prosecuting Attorney Association, of which he has been a member since 1997.
Per Ohio Revised Code section 305.02(F), the county commissioners will hold a special meeting Friday at 11:30 a.m. to appoint an acting prosecuting attorney. It is anticipated that current Assistant Harrison County Prosecutor Michael Washington will get the nod from the board to serve until the Republican Central Committee appoints a replacement.
The Republican Central Committee will hold their regular meeting on June 18 and will decide whether to keep the board appointed acting prosecutor in the office for the remainder of the term or name a different person to the post.
The office of prosecutor will also come up again on the ballot in the November 2014 general election.
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