Thursday, March 12, 2015
A former Ohio House member will take the bench on March 23 after his appointment today by Gov. John Kasich to the Bedford Municipal Court.
Jeffrey L. Dean of Chagrin Falls must win in the November 2015 general election to retain the seat for the full term commencing Jan. 1, 2016. Dean replaces former Judge Harry J. Jacob III, who resigned in October after his criminal conviction.
Dean’s previous experience includes serving as the executive director and general counsel of the International Engineering Society and Education Foundation and executive director of the Chagrin Valley Chamber of Commerce and Education Foundation. He is currently an attorney and counselor at law in private practice.
He was a member of the 114th General Assembly and the State Board of Education. He is president of the Board of Trustees for the Valley Art Center.
Former Cleveland magistrate Michelle Paris of Moreland Hills and Deborah M. Turner of Solon, currently assistant law director for Bedford Heights, have each announced their intent to run for the seat, which has been vacant since December 2013, when the Ohio Supreme Court suspended Judge Jacob after his indictment on numerous felony charges. Jacob was found guilty of several misdemeanor charges in September, including falsification of court records and having sex with prostitutes.
Jacob resigned from the bench the following month, just before he was sentenced to 60 days in jail and six months house arrest.
The Bedford Municipal Court has jurisdiction over cases arising in Bedford, Bedford Heights, Bentleyville, Chagrin Falls, Chagrin Falls Township, Glenwillow, Highland Hills, Moreland Hills, North Randall, Oakwood, Orange, Solon, Warrensville Heights, and Woodmere.