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Two Common Pleas Judges Appointed to the Bench

Gov. John Kasich appointed a municipal judge and an attorney to assume new roles.

Columbus attorney Sean V. McCarthy will sit on the Franklin County Common Pleas Court bench starting March 16 for the remainder of the unexpired term, which ends July 1, 2015. He’s replacing Judge Timothy S. Horton, who was elected to the Tenth District Court of Appeals.

Prior to his appointment, McCarthy served in various positions in the Franklin County prosecutor’s office, including his current role as the Drug Prosecution Unit deputy director. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Loyola University Chicago, his master’s degree from The Ohio State University, and his law degree from Capital University School of Law. He was admitted to the practice of law in Ohio on Nov. 20, 2000.

Hamilton County Municipal Court Judge Megan E. Shanahan of Cincinnati will switch to sit as a judge on the Hamilton County Common Pleas Court. She will begin her new duties on April 13.

Judge Shanahan’s replacing Judge Ralph Winkler, who was elected to the Hamilton County Probate Court. Judge Shanahan must win in November 2016 to retain her seat for the full term commencing on Jan. 15, 2017.

Prior to her current judgeship, Judge Shanahan served as the Butler County assistant prosecutor in the appellate, municipal, and trial divisions and in the Hamilton County prosecutor’s office in the trial division. She was also a prosecutor for the Mt. Healthy mayor’s court.

Judge Shanahan received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Kent State University and her law degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Law. She was admitted to the practice of law in Ohio on Nov. 20, 2000.

Gov. Kasich appointed Judge Shanahan and McCarthy to their new positions late Friday.