Following the recommendation of the Clermont County Republican Party, Ohio Governor Bob Taft approved Clermont Assistant Prosecutor Tony Brock as the new judge in the Clermont County Municipal Court.
Brock, who currently serves as a prosecuting attorney in the felony division, received the local Republican’s endorsement last month.
Brock will replace current municipal judge Victor Haddad who will resign his position to take the bench as a new common pleas judge on Jan. 3. According to Clermont County Republican Committee Chairman Tim Rudd, the local method of picking a successor to a judge in cases like this is to gather the local governing committee of the governor’s political party. Those committee members will then vote on who they like and send their top three choices to the governor. Typically, the governor will pick the candidate who received the most votes.
Brock, a local assistant prosecutor for 11 years who also serves as a legal instructor for the University of Cincinnati, said that his choice to serve as a judge is a natural extension of his work in public service.
"Basically, I view it as a continuation of my career in public service," said Brock. "I feel I can do a lot of good as a municipal judge. It's kind of the same thing I do as a prosecutor, to make sure the right results happen."
Rudd said that Brock has an exemplary record as an assistant prosecutor, and noted that many of the county's judges have served as a prosecutor before becoming a judge. His record combined with an apparent earnestness to do his best was very convincing for the local committee, added Rudd.
"Tony has been an assistant prosecutor for a number of years," said Rudd. "What people really looked at, when he was giving his presentation, there was a feel that what you saw was what you got. He's the genuine article. When you look at his resume and hear what he has to say, I think they believed he would be a fair and balanced judge. They're looking for someone who will be fair and balanced in their judgements, not someone with a hidden agenda."