October 25, 2014

Medina
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Judge Kevin Dunn is breaking in the gavel

Kevin Dunn completes his first week Friday as Medina County juvenile/probate judge. (NICK GLUNT/ GAZETTE)

MEDINA — Kevin Dunn finished his first week as Medina County juvenile/probate judge on Friday, and said it’s a job he hopes to keep for a long time.

“I’m looking forward to being here forever if I can,” Dunn said.

Dunn, 48, of Westfield Center, was appointed by Gov. John Kasich last month to replace John J. Lohn, who stepped down for health reasons.

Dunn said Lohn showed him the ropes this week, which contributed to a smooth transition.

“I’m fortunate to have Judge Lohn there to tell me, ‘Here’s the car, here’s the oil,’ “ Dunn said.

“It’s been exciting. There’s a lot of energy.”

Dunn said he handled marriages, name changes, will challenges, elderly protection, juvenile drug court and an adult adoption during his first week.

“This court covers so much ground,” he said. “I don’t think many people know how much there is.”

He said even he didn’t know about all of it before he took the job.

“I thought I knew what was going on in the court,” Dunn said, “but there’s so much more.”

Dunn, who was sworn in Aug. 2, was appointed by Gov. John Kasich to fulfill Lohn’s term. Magistrates Susanna Lewis and Lori Brobst also sought the position.

In order to keep the seat, Dunn must run in November 2014.

Dunn stepped down as chairman of the county’s Republic Party Executive Committee to be considered for the judgeship. Once selected, he closed his 22-year private practice.

He’s also served as a part-time prosecutor for the city of Medina.

Dunn said he’s looking forward to making a difference in the community by helping troubled juveniles.

The highlight of his week, Dunn said, was when a mother told her teenage son she was proud of him when he graduated from juvenile drug court. He said the boy lit up.

With only one week behind him, Dunn said there’s still much to learn.

“I have a learning curve. There’s no doubt about it.”

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