Thank you for vot­ing no on state is­sue

The News Herald (Willoughby, OH) - - Opinion -

Thank you to all of those who voted “no” on State Is­sue 1, which failed in Geauga County 69 per­cent to 31 per­cent.

While seek­ing ef­fec­tive treat­ment for drug-ad­dicted in­di­vid­u­als is a wor­thy goal shared by judges and law en­force­ment, the harm­ful im­pact of the pas­sage of the flawed pro­posed amend­ment to the Ohio Con­sti­tu­tion would have had a harm­ful im­pact on both ad­dicts and our com­mu­nity.

A heart­felt thank you to Pro­bate/Ju­ve­nile Court Mag­is­trate Abbey King, the County Pros­e­cu­tor, Sher­iff Hilden­brand, Ch­ester Town­ship Po­lice Chief Mark Pur­chase, City of Chardon Po­lice Chief Scott Niehus, Bain­bridge Town­ship Po­lice Chief Jon Bokovitz, Bur­ton Vil­lage Po­lice Chief Rick Smigel­ski and Mid­dle­field Vil­lage Po­lice Lt. Bran­don Sav­age as well as troop­ers from the Ohio State High­way Pa­trol and Geauga County Sher­iff’s Of­fice deputies, Judge Terri Stupica, Judge Carolyn Paschke, and Judge For­rest Burt, for their ef­forts in help­ing pro­tect the in­tegrity of our State Con­sti­tu­tion and our com­mu­nity.

Ohio judges will con­tinue to ad­dress the chal­lenges in guid­ing drug ad­dicts into suc­cess­ful treat­ment and re­cov­ery out­comes, while main­tain­ing pub­lic safety.

Again, thank you for pro­tect­ing the safety of our county.

Timothy J. Gren­dell Judge, Geauga County Pro­bate/

Ju­ve­nile Court Pres­i­dent, Ohio As­so­ci­a­tion of

Ju­ve­nile Court Judges

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