Hon. Judge David H. McKenna
Hon. Judge David H. McKenna
The Hon. Judge David H. McKenna has informed Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine and members of the Highland County Bar Association of his intent to retire as Hillsboro Municipal Court judge, effective Oct. 31, 2021.

McKenna was elected to his fourth term as Hillsboro Municipal Court judge on Nov. 7, 2017 for a term ending in 2023.

McKenna said during his final campaign that it has been an honor to serve on the bench.

“Since first elected, it has been my honor and privilege to serve the citizens of Highland County as Municipal Court judge beginning in 2000,” McKenna said.

McKenna has presided over more than 100,000 cases in the past 21 years. Hillsboro Municipal Court was converted to a full-time court by the Ohio General Assembly in 2008. Prior to that, McKenna maintained a law practice in Hillsboro, which he began in 1991. He also has served as an assistant Highland County prosecutor for both the Common Pleas and Juvenile courts.

McKenna served five years in an administrative hearing office for the Department of Job and Family Services. McKenna also was an assistant commonwealth's attorney, prosecuting felony crimes in Louisville, Ky. from 1986-91.

McKenna graduated from the University of Louisville School of Law, the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, and attended the University of Kentucky School of Business. He has served as past president of the Highland County Community Action Board of Governors and the Highland County Bar Association, and is a former member of the City of Hillsboro Civil Service Commission and the Tax Commission.

He has served many years on the Criminal Law and Procedure Committee and on the Community Corrections Committee of the Ohio Judicial Conference. He also has served for years as vice chairman of the Highland County Community Corrections and Re-entry Coalition.

As far as the process to serve the remainder of Judge McKenna's term, according to the Ohio Revised Code: "If a vacancy occurs in the office of judge or clerk of the municipal court after the one-hundredth day before the first Tuesday after the first Monday in May and prior to the fortieth day before the day of the general election, all candidates for election to the unexpired term of the judge or clerk shall file nominating petitions with the board of elections not later than four p.m. on the tenth day following the day on which the vacancy occurs, except that, when the vacancy occurs fewer than six days before the fortieth day before the general election, the deadline for filing shall be four p.m. on the thirty-sixth day before the day of the general election."