April 23, 2014

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Probate, Juvenile Judge Lohn announces retirement

Judge John J. Lohn

MEDINA — Medina County Probate and Juvenile Court Judge John J. Lohn announced his retirement Friday, citing medical reasons.

“I have a problem with my heart and it affects my ability to devote the time and energy needed to do my job on a full-time daily basis,” Lohn said. “After speaking with my family and my doctors, I decided the best thing is to step down this year.”

Lohn, 56, first was elected in 2002. He ran unopposed in 2008, and his term ends Feb. 8, 2015.

His retirement is effective July 1. He said he may return as a visiting judge if he’s asked.

Gov. John Kasich will appoint Lohn’s replacement in the coming months. His replacement will complete the rest of Lohn’s term, according to the county Board of Elections.

Lohn, who lives in Medina, holds a law degree from Cleveland State University and a bachelor’s in business administration from the University of Notre Dame.

He has been married to his wife, Linda, for 29 years and has two sons: Eddie, 28, and Tim, 26.

Prior to his judgeship, Lohn served as a prosecutor for Medina County, and Brunswick and Medina cities for 20 years.

Lohn said he’s most proud of the people he’s worked with.

“I received tremendous support from my staff, the legal community and the public,” he said. “I am proud of the work we’ve done.”

Lohn said his greatest accomplishments as judge were the volunteer guardianship program, which has given elderly people with no families someone to watch over their affairs since 2003, and the juvenile drug court program, which has helped more than 500 young people overcome drug addictions since 2004.

“I look forward to better health and brighter days during my retirement,” Lohn said. “I am grateful and honored to have been a judge. It is the capstone of my career.”

Contact reporter Nick Glunt at (330) 721-4048 or nglunt@medina-gazette.com.

  • sass

    He is a great Judge.

  • blorie

    Totally agree. It will be hard to replace his impeccable honesty and integrity. Lohn’s Juvenile Court programs for youth is beyond any other courts in the state. Definitely a Medina County loss! Big Shoes To Fill.

  • RM

    Judge Lohn along with his professional, hard working staff has done a great job for the people of Medina County. It has been a privilege and a pleasure knowing this Judge, he will definitely be missed!

  • Red_White_and_True

    “Impeccable honesty and integrity”? You must be talking about a different John Lohn.

  • Thankful_For_Lohn

    I am thankful for Judge Lohn’s work in finalizing the adoption of my daughter. This was not a rubber stamp process for him. He took the time to talk with my husband and I about our backgrounds as well as families. He is genuine in his commitment to children.

  • Bonnie L

    Judge Lohn is a wonderful man. He has given our family sage advice on more than one occasion, His has brought many wonderful programs to Medina County, and has proven himself to be deserving of the position to which he was elected. His time on the bench and as a prosecutor shows that the system works when you combine the right ingredients: devotion to the job, concern for the community, and fiduciary responsibility. More leaders could take a lesson from you Judge! God bless you in your retirement.

  • LizinNC

    The same Judge John Lohn who found “no evidence of neglect” by parents who refused to seek medical treatment for their ten-year-old daughter’s leukemia? Good. I’d say the children of Ohio are safer with him off the bench.

  • LizinNC

    Unless they are little Amish girls.nhttp://fox8.com/2013/08/23/hospital-fights-to-treat-10-year-old-amish-girls-cancer/