MOUNT VERNON — Christina Reiheld has recently been sworn in as the new Magistrate of Knox County Juvenile and Probate Court. She has been hearing cases since Jan. 22.
Reiheld, originally from Medina and now of Danville, graduated summa cum laude from the University of Akron School of Law in 2003. After graduation, she worked as a judicial attorney for Judge Lynn Slaby of the Ninth District Court of Appeals and for Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor of the Supreme Court of Ohio.
Reiheld has been in private practice for over 15 years, serving Knox, Ashland, Holmes and Wayne counties, primarily in domestic, criminal and juvenile cases. Reiheld said that as she practiced, she gravitated toward one particular kind of case.
Reiheld had been working on juvenile cases in several counties when the position opened after Judge Jennifer Springer announced plans to retire. After former magistrate Jay Nixon was appointed as juvenile and probate judge, the magistrate’s position became available.
“When the governor appointed Judge Nixon, then I knew this was opening up and I let him know I was interested,” Reiheld said.
In the new position, she plans to continue working with juveniles and families when those instances arise.
“Obviously I’m following the law and trying to make the best decisions that I can for the families that I am seeing, because this court is more focused on ‘how do we get everybody on track?’ If they are off track, what can we do?” Reiheld said.