Hi, I'm Heather
WHERE I COME FROM
I am a life long Conservative Republican with more than 25 years in public service. This service includes over 15 years as a Butler County Magistrate in Common Pleas General Division and Probate Court.
In 2003, the Honorable Keith Spaeth appointed me Magistrate for the Common Pleas General Division. In my time with Judge Spaeth, I learned what it takes to be a fair, just and expeditious judge. I assisted with the Drug Court Program where we focused on treatment and rehabilitation to allow defendants the opportunity to become clean, productive citizens while effectively reducing the inmate population in Ohio. I also had the opportunity and privilege to preside over jury trials and bench trials. During these eleven years with Judge Spaeth, my judicial work on and off the bench earned the respect of my fellow Magistrates and Common Pleas Judges as well as the attorneys practicing in Butler County.
Because of my experience, reputation and dedication, the Honorable Randy Rogers sought me out to assist him with Common Pleas Probate Court. In 2015, I returned to the Common Please Courts in the Probate division as Magistrate and Court Administrator. Judge Rogers and I have worked together to developed the Assisted Outpatient Program which helps individuals with alcohol and drug addiction gain sobriety. This is one of first programs of its kind in the country! As a Probate Magistrate, I have presided cases across all areas of probate including adoptions, guardianships, estate administration, adult protective services, civil commitments for mental health, Abuse and Dependency treatment, and elder abuse/neglect. In addition to Probate Court Magistrate duties, I also serve as the Probate Court Administrator. I am a graduate of the Ohio Supreme Court Management Program and I manage the one million dollar Probate Court budget and fight to be fiscally responsible. The Ohio Supreme Court recently awarded the Butler County Probate Court the IT grant for over $190,000.00 to implement a new case management system for the court.
As a Probate Court Magistrate, I know the challenges first hand that face an aging population. I am dedicated to finding solutions to move Butler County forward as a leader in the state and nation on mental health and elder issues.
Over 25 years ago, Chris and I met shortly after graduating from the University of Cincinnati. We married in 1997 and moved to Indiana. During this time, while Chris was earning his MBA from Purdue University and working as a sales engineer, I was earning my Law degree from Indiana University and working as a Superior Court law clerk. We then returned to Ohio and settled in Butler County to start our family. We now have a freshman at Bishop Fenwick in Middletown and a 6th grader at Mother Teresa Catholic Elementary School in Liberty Township. We continue to be active members of the St. John Catholic Church in West Chester.