Some confusion on when the newly-elected judge of the Middletown Municipal Court will take the bench has prompted the Butler County Board of Elections to issue a clarification statement.
In a statement issued today, the winner of the election “may assume office after the Commission is received by the Court Clerk from the Office of the Governor,” according to the elections board, which cited the Ohio Constitution and state law.
“The Commission may only be issued after the Official Results of the election are certified by the Butler County Board of Elections to the Ohio Secretary of State…” the board said.
The county elections board will certify Tuesday’s election results at a meeting later this month.
Depending upon the receipt of the commission by the court clerk, the winner of the race may be sworn in soon after certification. There is no requirement to wait until the first of the year, according to the board of elections.
Judge-elect James Sherron said he did not know how long it would take for the process to be completed but he thinks it could be between Dec. 1 and Jan. 1.
Sherron was elected Tuesday to complete the unexpired term of the late Judge Mark Wall, which ends on Dec. 31, 2019.
Sherron will have the option to run for re-election for a full six-year term in 2019.