YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) — Mahoning County’s new Probate Court judge is now officially on the job.
Robert Rusu took his oath of office Tuesday afternoon, with his wife Cheryl holding the Bible and his children helping him with his new robe. He was appointed recently by Gov. John Kasich to fill a vacancy left when Mark Belinky resigned from the post amid an ethics violation probe.
Rusu said he now plans to implement new programs..such as electronic document filing, to make the court more efficient for those who use it.
“The probate court is the most important court that most individuals will deal with on a daily basis. From adoptions, to guardianships to death issues, this court will deal with most people’s lives,” Rusu said.
The ceremony was led by visiting Judge Denny Clunk..who stepped in to replace Belinky on an interim basis.
Rusu now will fill out the remainder of Belinky’s unexpired term through February of next year. He also will run to retain the seat as a non-party candidate in November against Democrat nominee Susan Maruca.
Belinky will be sentenced Wednesday on a charge of tampering with records, to which he pleaded guilty in May.