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Hagan, Gerberry request judge not be replaced

Published: Fri, June 1, 2012 @ 12:08 a.m.

By David Skolnick



Two Democratic state House members are asking Gov. John Kasich not to fill the soon-to-be-vacant position of retiring Youngstown Municipal Court Judge Robert A. Douglas Jr.

State Reps. Robert F. Hagan of Youngstown, D-60th, and Ronald V. Gerberry of Austintown, D-59th, wrote a letter Thursday to the Republican governor asking him to “refrain” from filling the seat and to “express support for reconfiguring [Mahoning] County’s lower courts to use taxpayer resources more judiciously.”

Hagan and Gerberry wrote that the lower-court system — with three full-time municipal-court judges in Youngstown, part-timers in Struthers and Campbell and four on the county-court level along with mayors’ courts — was established when Youngstown had about 140,000 residents. It has less than half of that now.

“It is difficult to justify continuation of the current system when a reconfigured one could serve the people just as well,” Hagan and Gerberry wrote.

The two requested Kasich meet with the area’s state legislative delegation to discuss the possibility of a new countywide court system.

It was only a week ago that Rob Nichols, the governor’s spokesman, said the state constitution requires Kasich to appoint someone to the position, and he’d follow the law until the state Legislature voted to abolish the seat. That came after David Betras, Mahoning County Democratic Party chairman, sent a similar letter with the same request.

Judge Douglas will retire Aug. 1. His term doesn’t expire until Dec. 31, 2013.

The county Republican Party has received applications from candidates wanting to fill the seat. The party, which will release the applicants’ names Monday, will interview the candidates and recommend three to Kasich, who makes the appointment.


1fcb(460 comments)posted 4 years ago

You want to replace a Judge,replace judge "Let them all go" Sweeney!!! she the one that need to go.

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2pat(7 comments)posted 4 years ago

Since the dem leadership in Mahoning County, Betras, Hagen, Gerrberry all mouth agreement that Judge Douglas should not be replaced, why not put action in place of rhetoric, and introduce legislation to eliminate the position, and lobby in the legislature for its approval? Seems like it would be easier to consolidate one less judgeship. Unless the consolidation and elimination talk is just plain bull and more of ignoring the common sense need for it as has been the case for the last 30 years.

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3biggee(43 comments)posted 4 years ago

Please! They can't stand success! After Gerberry and probably a much lesser role hagan got the tax status changed for covelli and are going to get the track in austintown approved they pull this garbage. Do they want to cut jobs of hard working people or are they trying to pull some other stunt? Really what they should do is work on school funding. Mabe the govenor should remove one of their seats . Do we really need that many reps and senators anyway? We should look at those avenues! Stop with the bullsh-- and do your jobs....just sayen...

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