By Kristin Bednarski
Governor John Kasich appointed Municipal Court Judge James Shriver as the new Clermont County Juvenile Court judge April 11, several months after he was recommended for the position.
Shriver was one of three individuals from Clermont County recommended by the Clermont County Republican Party in January to replace former Clermont County Juvenile Court Judge Stephanie Wyler, who retired in December of 2012.
“I was truly humbled to be given the opportunity to make a dramatic impact on the lives of young individuals,” Shriver said about receiving the appointment. “I hope my work will show that Governor Kasich was correct in placing his trust in me to impact the system.”
Shriver said he wanted to be Juvenile Court judge because of the experiences he had working at the court while he was working for the prosecutor’s office.
“I gained a lot of satisfaction in helping the children in very severe situations of delinquency, abuse, or neglect,” Shriver said.
Shriver said he sought the appointment as a means of continuing his experience working with children and adults in the juvenile court system.
Shriver said the most challenging thing about working at Juvenile Court will be related to the heroine epidemic in the county.
“The heroine epidemic has been extremely difficult at the adult level,” Shriver said. “It is now surfacing with children. The biggest issue will be making a dramatic impact with these children in order to prevent them from using.”
Shriver has served as Clermont County Municipal Court Judge since 1994.
He received a bachelor of art’s degree in political science from the University of Cincinnati, and he earned his juris doctorate from the University of Cincinnati College of Law.
In addition to serving as judge, Shriver serves on the advisory council and building advisory committee at Mt. Moriah United Methodist Church. He is also actively involved with the Union Township Kiwanis and the Clermont County Special Olympics.
According to Governor Kasich’s office, Shriver will begin his term July 1 and must run in November 2014 to retain the seat for the full term beginning February 9, 2015.