Two legislators ask governor not to replace judge

Two legislators ask governor not to replace judge

YOUNGSTOWN — 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 today 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.”

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.

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

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