Belinky replacement vows new direction


Judge Robert N. Rusu Jr. vowed to take Mahoning County’s probate court in a new direction after he was sworn in today as probate judge.

“This is truly a dream come true. I look forward to moving the court in a new and positive direction with the great staff that’s in place and the new technological advancements available,” he told a crowd that included lawyers, judges, court personnel and other county workers.

“I look forward to instilling integrity, efficiency and a common-sense approach to the court,” he said during the ceremony.

“I’m truly humbled and privileged to be able to serve as your new probate judge,” he said, his voice echoing through the county courthouse rotunda.

Judge Rusu, who was appointed by Gov. John Kasich, will complete the term of Mark Belinky, which expires Feb. 8, 2015.

Judge Rusu was sworn in by visiting Judge R.R. Denny Clunk of Alliance, retired Stark County probate judge, who had been the interim probate judge here for nearly four months.

Judge Rusu was then robed by his children, Nathaniel, Michael, Alex and Mackenzie.

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