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Curt  Kissinger

Curt Kissinger

Hamilton County Municipal Court District 4
Full Term Commencing Jan. 3, 2024

Candidate Details

  • Residence
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  • Age
  • Occupation
    Municipal Court Judge
  • Education

    University of Dayton School of Law, Juris Doctorate (1990)

    University of Cincinnati, Bachelor of Arts (1987)

    Anderson High School (1983)

  • Work Experience

    Hamilton County Municipal Court Judge (2015-present)

    University of Cincinnati Blue Ash, Adjunct Instructor (2013-2023)

    Hamilton County Juvenile Court, Court Administrator (2011-2015)

    Rendigs, Fry, Kiely & Dennis, LLC, Attorney (1995-2011)

    Hamilton County Prosecutor's Office, Assistant Prosecutor (1990-1995)

    Ohio Organized Crime Commission, Special Prosecuting Attorney (1993-1995)

  • Family
    Married with two children, 3 step-children, and 1 grandson
  • Affiliations

    Ohio State Bar Association

    Ohio Judicial Conference 

    Association of Municipal Court Judges of Ohio

    Cincinnati Bar Association

    St. Mary Hyde Park Catholic Church

  • Endorsements

    FOP Queen City Lodge #69

    Hamilton County Republican Party

    Melissa Powers, Hamilton County Prosecuting Attorney

    Brad Wenstrup, U.S. Congress

    Fraternal Order of Police, Queen City Lodge #69

    Cincinnati Firefighters IAFF Local 48

  • Bar Association Ratings

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Question 1

List your judicial experience (courts and years)

Hamilton County Municipal Court Judge (2015-Present)

Hamilton County Juvenile Court Magistrate (2012-2015)

Question 2

What non-judicial legal experience qualifies you to be a judge?

I have spent more than 32 years in the justice system.  Prior to becoming a judge, I was the Court Administrator of the Hamilton County Juvenile Court supervising 22 magistrates, 270 employees, a 200-bed detention facility, and a $33 million dollar budget.  For 16 years, I was a litigation attorney practicing both civil and criminal litigation involving matters including wrongful death, product liability, contractual disputes, personal injury, and felony and misdemeanor criminal matters in state and federal courts throughout Ohio.  Before going into private practice, I was an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney handling all types of criminal cases in Juvenile, Municipal and Common Pleas Courts.  I also prosecuted cases investigated by the Ohio Organized Commission Task Force as a special prosecutor appointed by the Ohio Attorney General.  With this experience, I appeared before most every judge and court in the southwest Ohio.  I know what it means to be firm but fair, follow the rule of law, and to promote confidence in our judicial system.

Question 3

Why are you running for this particular court seat?

The most important job of a judge is to ensure justice and protect the community.  I intend to continue to serve the citizens of our community in this manner.  With 32 years of courtroom and litigation experience as a judge, attorney, and court administrator, I know it is imperative to promote confidence in our system of justice.  Timely disposition of cases, transparency, affording all parties the opportunity to be heard, exercising appropriate judicial temperment, and being firm, but fair, are fundamental principles I have and will continue to adhere to.  I also preside over a Mental Health Court docket certified by the Ohio Supreme Court.  Working with partners in our community who provide mental health resources to individuals charged with crimes committed, in part, because of a serious mental illness, in an effort to improve outcomes, is perhaps the most rewarding aspect of my tenure as a judge.  I am also currently the Presiding and Administative Judge of the Municipal Court having been unanimously elected to the position by my colleagues.  For these reasons, I am highly qualified to continue to serve our community as a Municipal Court judge.