WILMINGTON — Judge Mike Daugherty took the oath of office Monday to begin serving as judge of the Clinton County Municipal Court. Ohio Speaker of the House Cliff Rosenberger administered the oath in the main courtroom
Retired Judge William B. McCracken, who has been serving as judge of the municipal court since February, presided over the session. McCracken was appointed by the Ohio Supreme Court to fill the seat after Judge Chad L. Carey resigned to become judge of Clinton County Probate and Juvenile Court.
Gov. John Kasich appointed Daugherty after he won a four-way primary election May 5. He will complete the final six months of Carey’s term, scheduled to end December 31. As the Republican nominee, he faces an independent candidate in the general election to be held on November 3. The winner of that election will begin a new, six-year term on January 1, 2016.
Joining in the courtroom for the ceremony were Judge Carey and Common Pleas Judge John W. “Tim” Rudduck, who both previously served as judge of the municipal court. Also attending were Republican Chairman Tim Inwood, County Prosecutor Rick Moyer, County Auditor Terry Habermehl, County Commissioners Kerry Steed, Mike Curry and Pat Haley, Clarksville Mayor Noni Wood, Wilmington Mayor Randy Riley, and other guests.
Daugherty, in a brief address at the end of the ceremony, said, “The motto for the State of Ohio is, ‘With God all things are possible.’ I want that to be my motto, and I promise to work hard every day for the people of Clinton County.”
Daugherty began hearing cases Tuesday.