in the Countywide Republican Primary
Name: James S. Detling
Office Seeking: Darke County Court of Common Pleas, Juvenile/Probate
and professional information about yourself
Raised in Darke County, I graduated from Mississinawa Valley High
School in 1979. I attended The Ohio State University, and
graduated with honors in 1983.
I graduated from the University of Toledo Law School in 1989. I
had the honor of graduating first in my class, and was named the
I returned to Darke County in 1995. I was a partner in the Hanes law
firm before I opened my own firm in January, 2010.
In January, 2007, I was appointed as the Juvenile Court Magistrate, a
position I held for over 4 years.
the duties, as you see them, for the office you are seeking, and your
qualifications for fulfilling those duties
The Juvenile/Probate Court position is unique. In addition to
hearing cases, the Judge serves as the Clerk of Courts, has
responsibilities similar to a CEO of a company, and, in many respects,
oversees a social service agency.
My academic background and work experience speak to my ability to sift
through the legal issues in any given case, and apply the correct law
to the presented facts. Through my years as a business owner, and
over four years as a judicial officer in this very Court, I believe I
am the best qualified candidate.
3. What do you
feel are the top three challenges of the office that you can address
better than your opponent
1) Identifying and providing services for at-risk juveniles
before they develop destructive behavior; 2) Recruiting Guardians for
folks who are unable to care for themselves; and 3) Maintaining a
user-friendly Court that is able to provide services at a reduced cost
I intend to create a pre-teen assistance program, to provide services
to at-risk youth.
I also intend to recruit guardians for folks who are unable to handle
Lastly, I believe we need to explore the concept of a unified “Family
Court”, for citizens who find themselves in need of Court
why you should receive the vote on March 6
Unlike many of the other courts, this Court has the opportunity to take
a proactive approach toward making a positive difference in a child’s
life. I don’t want to be just a Judge behind a bench. I want to
develop positive relationships with the kids that come before the
court. I believe my academic background, work experience,
leadership ability and work ethic make me the best choice when the
people of Darke County are given an opportunity to choose.