Robert White was appointed Friday to be the new Elyria Municipal Court judge.
White, of LaGrange, will replace Judge Lisa Locke Graves, who announced her retirement last fall. White will assume office Feb. 6 and must run in November 2019 to complete the remainder of the unexpired term, which ends Jan. 1, 2022.
He was appointed by Gov. John Kasich.
“I’m very gratified that the governor determined that I should be appointed,” White said. “It’s something I’ve been looking forward to doing for a long time. I’m very happy that he decided I was the proper candidate for it.”
White received his bachelor’s degree from Cleveland State University and his juris doctorate from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. He periodically has served as an acting judge in Elyria Municipal Court since 2016, an opportunity he said he’s grateful to Locke Graves for giving him.
“She’s given me the opportunity to sit in for her,” White said. “I’ve gotten to actually perform the job, so I know what’s involved. I got a chance to try it out before I submitted my name. I appreciate that she allowed me to do that.”
White is a member of the Lorain County Bar Association, the Ohio State Bar Association and the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association. He serves as an attorney with Fauver Keyse-Walker and Donovan, the firm that represents The Chronicle-Telegram.
“I’ve had a great law practice,” he said. “I’ve been blessed in my career to make a good living that I enjoy with people I respect and admire, including my colleagues, staff and clients. I got to work with my own son as an attorney. It’s been great work and a great job.”
But White said he’s always felt his responsibility as an attorney has always been public service. He has served as a Carlisle Township trustee; was twice elected president of the Lorain County Township Association; serves on the University Hospitals Elyria Medical Center Board of Directors; has served on the Firelands Association for the Visual Arts Board of Directors, the Comprehensive Health Care of Ohio Board of Directors, the Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services Board of Lorain County and the Elyria Rotary Club Board of Directors; and was a member of the Rural Lorain County Water Authority Board of Trustees.
“Through the course of that, I’ve been looking for the next thing that I would like to do and that would help me make an impact on the community,” White said. “I think municipal court judges have a great impact on the community. There are a lot of issues we have in our community that they can really help to make a difference in the community.”