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.”
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