Todd McKenney, a former probate judge and state representative, was appointed Friday to serve as judge in Barberton Municipal Court.
Gov. John Kasich announced the selection.
McKenney, a Republican, replaces Judge Christine Croce, who Kasich named to the Summit County Common Pleas Court this year.
McKenney, who served a brief tenure as Summit County probate judge until December 2012, was atop a list of three recommended in December by the county Republican Party’s executive committee.
The other finalists were Christopher Parker of Copley Township and Jill Flagg of Green.
With the appointment, McKenney can serve until at least 2015 when he must run in the November general election. If elected, he would be required to run again in 2017 for a full six-year term.
After declining to run for election as probate judge, McKenney worked in private practice. He is an attorney with the firm of Leiby, Hanna, Rasnick, Towne, Evanchan, Palmisano & Hobson.
He also formerly served as a state representative and as a New Franklin councilman. He is a graduate of Hiram College and the Ohio State University Moritz College of Law.