By Wayne Allen
Current Scioto County Probate Juvenile Court Magistrate Alan Lemons has announced his intentions to run for the position of judge. Current Judgeof the Juvenile Court Jim Kirsch has announced his retirement at the end of his term Feb. 8, 2015.
“If I’m elected I will have four years of experience of working with the court as magistrate. Shortly after I was hired for the job I fell in love with it, it did not take long at all,” Lemons said. “I really love what we do here.”
Lemons said one of the biggest issues facing the court is drugs.
“We do have a big drug issue here, the judge would tell you when he started 30 some years ago he rarely saw a case that involved drugs. Now he would tell you 99 percent of them do,” Lemons said. “It’s not every case, but it is a rare case that I get one that’s not because of the parents using drugs.”
Lemons said he is usually the first one in the office every morning, and oftentimes the last one to leave on any given day.
“Since I’ve been in this position I’ve been through the Loved Ones program offers through The Counseling Center and I order some of the folks that come through the court to go through that program. It’s very enlightening about addiction,” Lemons said. “I’ve also become of a member of the Scioto County Health Coalition to see what information I can gather and what information I can share.”
Lemons said Judge Kirsch was recently ill, leaving him to handle his and the judges case load.
“I have been able to keep up and cover the hearing he’s missed. Sometimes that required me to in two court rooms at the same time. In some cases I would travel from one courtroom the the other to hear cases,” Lemons said. “We’ve done our best to keep up with the cases, because the public needs us to.”
Lemons said Judge Kirsch has returned to work and is doing well.
Lemons is a graduate of Wheelersburg High School. He graduated from The Ohio State University with a Masters Degree in Business Administration, with an accounting major in 1982. He attended the University Akron School of Law and graduated in 1985. He started working with the family law firm until he took the magistrate job in 2011. Lemons is married to his wife Carolyn and has two children.
Lemons said he, along with several members of the community, are currently circulating petitions for his candidacy.
Wayne Allen can be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 228 or on Twitter @WayneallenPDT.