Governor Ted Strickland has appointed Franklin County Judge Eric Brown to serve as chief justice of the Ohio Supreme Court, filling a position that became vacant upon the untimely death of Chief Justice Thomas Moyer.
Among Chief Justice Moyer's many accomplishments during his lifetime, Moyer was the longest-serving state chief justice in the United States. Born in Sandusky, Ohio, Moyer received both his undergraduate and law degree from The Ohio State University. From 1979 to 1987, Moyer served on the Tenth District Court of Appeals for Ohio, which covers Franklin County. Prior to his appointment, he served as the president of the Columbus Board of Education. He also served for four years as an executive assistant to Governor James A. Rhodes and eight years in private practice in Sandusky.
Succeeding Moyer, Judge Brown currently serves as the Judge for Franklin County's Probate Court, where he presides over the largest single-judge probate court in Ohio, serving as both judge and clerk of the court. Before serving as Probate Court Judge, Judge Brown served on the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas, General Division and spent 11 years as an Assistant Attorney General for Ohio Attorneys General Lee Fisher and Betty Montgomery. Brown, the sole Democrat on the court, will serve out the remaining months of Chief Justice Moyer's term while campaigning for the seat against current Justice Maureen O'Connor.
Justice O'Connor was elected to the court in 2002, after serving as Lieutenant Governor and Director of the Department of Public Safety under Governor Bob Taft. She started her career in private practice and went on to serve as a magistrate and judge in the Summit County courts and as Prosecuting Attorney of Summit County.