Logan County Family Court Judge C. Douglas Chamberlain (pictured) has announced his retirement effective July 31.
The announcement came from a letter written by Chamberlain to Gov. John Kasich and others.
Judge Chamberlain, 68, has served the public for more than 44 years. This includes four years as Logan County Prosecutor, multiple village and township leadership positions and as referee and acting judge in Bellefontaine Municipal Court.
“I’ve enjoyed serving the community, and still enjoy serving the community,” Chamberlain said.
Chamberlain says Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor has appointed him “temporary visiting judge.” This will allow Chamberlain to temporarily continue to serve the community without any cost to the community or the state.
“Chief Justice O’Connor has appointed me as temporary visiting judge to continue doing service to the community and serving in that capacity until the Governor makes an appointment to fill my vacancy,” Chamberlain said.
Listen to Chamberlain explain why he suddenly retired and reflect on his many years of public service.
The Logan County Republican Party will have to pick three potential replacements and submit those names to Gov. Kasich. Kasich will select and appoint an interim judge from the three names submitted. The interim judge will serve until the next election, when a successor can be elected.