June 28, 2016

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Retired Lohn is judge for a little longer

Juvenile and Probate Judge John J. Lohn retired last week, but his replacement has yet to be named. Until there is a new judge, Lohn will continue to work.

Gov. John Kasich will appoint a judge to serve out Lohn’s term, which ends Feb. 8, 2015.

Judge John J. Lohn

Lohn announced his retirement in April.

Until a replacement is appointed, Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor appointed Lohn as a “retired assigned judge” to continue to preside in his old courtroom.

“I’ll be here until further notice,” Lohn said.

The judge said he doesn’t anticipate working more than 12 hours per week. Magistrates and other judges will fill in the rest of the time, he said.

Lohn said he expected Kasich would appoint his replacement next month.

Kasich spokesman Ron Nichols confirmed it would be a while before a replacement was chosen.

“We’re still several weeks off on being able to name someone,” Nichols said.

He said the governor would pick the replacement from a list recommended by the Medina County Republican Party. Nichols said he wasn’t sure whether the office had received a list yet.

County Republican Chairman Kevin Dunn didn’t return calls for comment.

Lohn, 56, retired because of a heart condition.

He first was elected in 2002 and ran unopposed in 2008.

The judge, who lives in Medina, earned a law degree from Cleveland State University in 1983 and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Notre Dame in 1979.

Prior to his judgeship, he spent 20 years as a prosecutor for Medina County and the cities of Brunswick and Medina.

In April, he said he welcomed retirement and was proud to have served as a judge.

“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.

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Nick Glunt primarily covers courts and crime in Medina County. He served The Gazette from September 2012 to December 2015. Contact him at (330) 721-4048 or via email at nglunt@medina-gazette.com.