COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Ohio Gov. John Kasich (KAY'-sik) has appointed a longtime state lawmaker and opponent of the state's collective bargaining law to serve as juvenile court judge in Geauga (jee-AW'-guh) County.
Kasich's office on Friday said state Sen. Tim Grendell of Chesterland will take the bench Sept. 21. The Republican legislator would have to run for the seat in November 2012 to serve out the remainder of the term, which ends in February 2015.
Grendell has been outspoken against the state's new collective bargaining law, signed by fellow Republican Kasich in March. The two also clashed over Kasich vetoing legislation that would have allowed Ohio factories to pull more water out of Lake Erie.
Grendell is a lawyer who chairs the Senate Criminal Justice Committee. His term expires next year.