LISBON - County Municipal Court Judge Carol Robb announced Wednesday her intentions to seek re-election in November 2013.
"Columbiana County is one of the best kept secrets in the state," Robb wrote in a press release. "I want to continue to give back to the community and hope that the citizens of this county will give me that opportunity in November of 2013."
The four-year term she seeks begins on Jan. 2, 2014. Robb has been a county municipal court judge since 2005.
During that time, Robb has been involved in the development and presides over the Mental Health docket, also known as the Successful Treatment And Recovery (STAR) program. The court and other agencies work together to help those with drug abuse, alcohol-related problems or other mental health issues get their disorders addressed.
"STAR is designed to reduce repeat offenders, protect the public and save tax dollars," Robb said. "A defendant who is medically stable and no longer abusing drugs and/or alcohol, is less likely to commit crimes. The public is safer and tax dollars are saved."
Robb was appointed by Chief Justice Thomas Moyer and then later by Chief Justice Maureen O'Conner to serve on the Ohio Supreme Court Specialty Docket Advisory Committee. Following that group's recommendations, court rules and guidelines for specialty dockets have been adopted by the Supreme Court. Robb currently serves on the Specialty Docket Commission, which certifies similar specialty dockets throughout the state.
Similarly, Robb was involved in bringing "Bridges Out of Poverty" to the courthouse, a program which addresses helping people overcome economic issues by helping them learn how to gain and maintain employment. Graduates of the program have a substantially reduced rate of reoffending crimes according to Robb, and the approach is now being used in 14 other courts across Ohio.
Locally, Robb and fellow Municipal Court Judge Mark Frost have reduced staff at the courthouse saving about $25,000 per year. However, the docket remains current with court cases handled in a timely manner, according to Robb.
Additionally, the court has used Electronically Monitored House Arrest as an alternative to jail, saving the taxpayers $212,000 over the past four years by not incarcerating those who do not pose a safety threat to the public.
Robb and Frost have initiated a procedure to allow police to have 24-hour-a-day access to search warrants in OVI cases. Additionally, the two judges continue to invite the Bureau of Motor Vehicles to the court to work with defendants who need to clear up license suspensions but who are uncertain of what steps are needed to become valid.
Robb was born and raised in Columbiana County and currently lives in New Waterford with her husband of 40 years, Ken. She attends New Waterford United Methodist Church and is a longtime member of the Columbiana County Farm Bureau, Columbiana County Bar Association, Ohio Municipal Judges Association, Crestview Local Superintendent's Advisory Committee, Columbiana County Community Corrections Planning Board, Getting Ahead in Columbiana County Inc. and the Columbiana Community Foundation.