Sixth District Court of Appeals Judge James Jensen swears in new Perrysburg Municipal Court Judge Molly Mack as her husband Bob holds a bible.
Molly Mack walked out of the Perrysburg Municipal Courtroom Monday with two gavels, a robe, and as a judge.
Former prosecuting attorney colleagues, future judge colleagues, government employees, and members of law enforcement within the jurisdiction filled the courtroom on Monday as Mrs. Mack celebrated being sworn in as a Perrysburg Municipal Court judge.
"It is overwhelming," Mrs. Mack said about the full courtroom and ceremony for her. "I'm very grateful people took the time to come to the celebration."
She also knows that, come Wednesday, she's on call at all hours if a search warrant is needed.
She was elected in November to a six-year term for a court that covers Perrysburg, Northwood, Rossford, Walbridge, Millbury, and the townships of Perrysburg, Lake, and Troy. She starts Jan. 1. She will be paid $115,000 a year.
Judge S. Dwight Osterud is retiring from the municipal court after 24 years. He stood in the back of the courtroom watching.
Mrs. Mack, 52, lives in Perrysburg Township. She was the chief of the civil division for the Wood County Prosecutor’s Office.
Molly Mack gets help putting on her robe from daughters Perry, 17, left, Mary Shannon, 13, and son Austin, 19, during a swearing in ceremony.
"The City of Perrysburg and its jurisdiction is extremely lucky to have this lady to collaborate and serve," said James Jensen, judge on the Sixth District Court of Appeals. "She is wise beyond her years. She will serve with wonderful respect for the law and a honor for the bench."
The Lucas County Bar Association presented her with a gavel, as did the Wood County Bar Association. Her robe was presented by the Ohio Bar Association.
Wood County Prosecutor Paul Dobson, Mrs. Mack's former boss, told the audience how excited and tough it is for him to lose her.
"I'm glad, proud, and honored to turn over one of the best employees I've ever had to the City of Perrysburg and surrounding communities," he said. "Molly Mack isn't caught up with herself; she is caught up with doing right."
Judge Jensen swore in Mrs. Mack. She placed her hand on a bible that her husband Bob Mack was holding. Her three children were behind her.
"I pray the only time I see you all now is socially," Judge Mack joked to the audience at the end of the ceremony.
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