Judge Steele to step down
Wednesday, September 03, 2014 12:00 AM
VAN WERT —Van Wert County Court of Common Pleas will have a new judge effective at the beginning of 2015. Judge Charles D. Steele, who has serve on the bench since 1999, announced his retirement on Tuesday.
Steele was appointed to the bench by Ohio Gov. Robert Taft 15 years ago, and was elected by county voters in 2006 and again in 2012.
The new judge will be appointed by Gov. John Kasich from a list of qualified attorneys submitted to the governor by the Van Wert County Republican Central Committee.
Steele has the longest tenure of any current Van Wert County judge. Van Wert Municipal Court Judge Jill Leatherman was appointed by Gov. Ted Strickland to replace Phil W. Campbell in 2010, and Common Pleas Probate and Juvenile Court Judge Kevin Taylor was appointed by Gov. John Kasich to succeed Rex Fortney in 2012.
Van Wert County Common Pleas Court Judge Charles Steele announced today that he will retire effective January 1, 2015. Judge Steele was appointed to the bench in 1999, by Governor Robert Taft. He was elected in 2006 and reelected in 2012.
Judge Steele’s replacement will be appointed by Kasich from a list of a of qualified attorneys submitted to the governor by the Van Wert County Republican Central Committee.
Steele has a Bachelor of Science degree from Bowling Green State University, a Master’s of Science from St. Francis College, and a Juris Doctor from Ohio Northern. He has served as assistant prosecuting attorney from 1988-1999, as Veterans Service Commissioner from 1989-1999, and as a trustee for the Brumback Library from 1989-1999. Steele also was a member and was president of Van Wert City Council during the years 1984-1987.