ELYRIA — Judges, attorneys and city and township leaders filled City Council chambers at Elyria City Hall on Tuesday as Robert White was sworn in as an Elyria Municipal Court judge.
White replaces Judge Lisa Locke Graves, who announced her retirement last fall.
Judge Robert White smiles after receiving his gavel, alongside wife Anita from Judge Lisa Locke Graves on Tuesday at Elyria City Hall. White was appointed to Locke Graves' bench after Locke Graves retired.
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Locke Graves administered the oath of office to White, while Elyria Municipal Judge Gary Bennett was the master of ceremonies for the event.
The ceremony also included the procession of judiciary of Lorain County, in which many of the judges from across the county at the municipal and common pleas levels participated. Jennifer Riedthaler Williams, the immediate past president of the Lorain County Bar Association, presented White with his first robe as judge.
“I’m honored of all people that were here,” White said. “We had a great group of people represented here, a cross section of townships, cities and the whole district, and I’m just humbled at all the people we had here.”
White said his first official day on the job will begin 8 a.m. today. The court serves Elyria, North Ridgeville, Grafton, LaGrange, Elyria, Carlisle, Columbia, Grafton and LaGrange townships.
“We’ll hit the ground running,” White said. “I’m looking forward to working with my new staff. They’re a group of excellent people, and a lot of them worked for Judge Locke Graves, others were Elyria police officers, so we have a very experienced staff.”
White was appointed by Gov. John Kasich on Jan. 19 to replace Locke Graves, whose unexpired term ends Jan. 1, 2022. White will have to run in November 2019 to complete the remainder of the term.
Prior to being appointed as judge, White was an attorney with Fauver Keyse-Walker and Donovan, the firm that represents Lorain County Printing and Publishing, the parent company of The Chronicle-Telegram.
During his comments, White thanked many of the people he’s worked with in the past, those he’ll work with as a judge and his family, including his brother, Greg White, who served as a federal magistrate judge, U.S. attorney and Lorain County prosecutor.