Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine has appointed Michelle Fisher to Ashtabula County’s Western County Court, filling a vacancy created when former Western County Court Judge David Schroeder was elected to the Ashtabula County Court of Common Pleas in November.
Fisher currently serves as a magistrate for the Ashtabula County Court of Common Pleas. She started as a magistrate in 2018, and has worked with the drug court program, in addition to conducting hearings and managing dockets.
Fisher will take office on March 1, and serve the remainder of Schroeder’s term, until Dec. 31, 2022, according to the release. If Fisher wants to continue in the position, she could participate in the November 2022 election.
She received her J.D. from the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, and a Bachelor’s degree in accounting from Case Western Reserve University. Before working as a magistrate, she was president of her own law firm, and represented clients in criminal, business and family matters, according to the statement.
Western County Court covers Austinburg Township, Geneva, Geneva Township, Harpersfield Township, Hartsgrove Township, Orwell Township, Orwell, Morgan Township, Rome Township, Trumbull Township and Windsor Township. The court hears misdemeanor cases and preliminary felony cases in those areas.
Schroeder served as Western County Court Judge for almost eight years. He received 54 percent of the vote in the November general election to replace Judge Gary Yost, who did not seek reelection due to age.
Schroeder took office as Common Pleas Court Judge on Jan. 2.
The governor appoints replacements to county courts, according to the Ohio Revised Code.
Fisher could not be reached for comment.