Governor Kasich has selected Dan Bratka (pictured) to fill the Logan County Family Court Judge position vacated by Douglas Chamberlain.
Bratka, who is the Republican candidate, received the commission letter Friday morning.
You're invited to a brief swearing-in ceremony in the Logan County Courthouse, Courtroom 2, Saturday afternoon at two o'clock.
The swearing-in will be conducted by former Judge Chamberlain. A reception will follow in the Logan County Commissioners' Office in the Colonial Building.
On August 9th, the Logan County Republican Central Committee selected Bratka to appear on the November ballot. The 58-year-old Bratka will be running against Bridget Hawkins, who was selected by the Logan County Democratic party in early August. The winner of the contest will take the seat January 1st, 2013.
Bratka will fill the remainder of Chamberlain's term, which will end December 31st.
Bratka has been the family court magistrate since 2005. He served in the military from 1972 to 1977 and was a deputy with the Logan County Sheriff's Office until 1983, when he left to attend Ohio Northern University's College of Law, where he graduated in 1986. He passed the bar in 1987 and has worked in the Logan County Prosecutor's Office and as the Bellefontaine Municipal Court Prosecutor. He also served as a Bellefontaine City Councilman and was the Mayor of West Liberty from 1996 to 2004.
Judge Chamberlain retired at the end of July because of pending changes in the public employees' retirement system.