• Wood County Common Pleas Judge Reeve Kelsey bangs the gavel for one of the last times. The judge is retiring at the end of the day on January 1, 2019.
  • Technology has changed since the judge assumed the bench in 1998, including these juror video screens.

Common pleas judge Reeve Kelsey to retire

A well-known Wood County resident is about to hang up his judicial robe. Wood County Common Pleas Judge Reeve Kelsey is retiring on January 1, after 20 years on the bench.

Judge Kelsey’s history in Perrysburg began long before the courtroom. The Duke University law school graduate moved to Perrysburg in the early 1980s with his family.

In 1988, he was elected to city council where he served until 1993 when voters elected him to be Perrysburg’s mayor. Judge Kelsey held the city’s high office until 1998, when then Governor George Voinovich appointed him common pleas judge, replacing Judge Donald DeCessna who retired early.

He was elected to complete the term in 2002 and reelected in 2006 and 2012.

 

 

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