New judge sworn in for Belmont County
BELMONT COUNTY, Ohio —
Mark Costine held the role of Belmont County juvenile, probate judge for 20 years.
After stepping down in May, his seat needed to be filled. That was filled Monday, as Judge Al Davies was sworn in.
Davies isn't a stranger to the courtroom. As a lawyer and judge of the Belmont County Court, Eastern Division, he's seen his fair share of cases.
This will be his biggest undertaking yet.
"It was one of those ‘oh wow’ moments. It really was,” Davies said. “To think that I would be leaving a law practice to become a full-time judge and to serve the good people of Belmont County, it's overwhelming.”
Davies will be taking over the juvenile/probate division-- and he's got a big focus on keeping kids away from the drug epidemic.
“I've seen the pervasiveness of drug use and abuse and what it's doing to our families, what it's doing to our communities,” Davies said. “So, I want to do everything I possibly can to prevent that pervasiveness from filtering down to our children population.”
He grew up in St. Clairsville and still lives in the city. He's excited and ready to take on the new challenge of serving the people of his home county.
"This was not necessarily in my game plan. To now have it, like I said in the courtroom when I was accepting my position, I really understand and appreciate the responsibility that's been bestowed upon me,” he said.
Davies will get to work right away, kicking things off Tuesday morning at 8.