Jonathan P. Starn

EducationJonathan P. Starn

Capital University, Columbus, OH – BA 1990, cum laude
  • Major: Political Science
  • Minors: Criminal Justice and Public Address
Capital University Law School, Columbus, OH – JD 1993, cum laude
  • Law Review - Member, 1991-1993
  • Law Review - Articles Editor 1992-1993


2017– Present  Judge
Common Pleas Court
Hancock County
Findlay, Ohio

2010-2017  Judge
Findlay Municipal Court
Findlay, Ohio

2000-2009  Magistrate
Hancock County Common Pleas & Findlay Municipal Courts
Findlay, Ohio

1999-2000  Attorney
Steven M. Powell Co., LPA
Findlay, Ohio

1994-1997  Assistant County Prosecutor
Hancock County Prosecutor's Office
Findlay, Ohio

1994-1999  Attorney
Betts, Miller & Russo
Findlay, Ohio


Hancock County Community Corrections Planning Board – Member, 2010 to present

Findlay and Hancock County Domestic Violence Task Force – Member, 2012 to 2017

Boy Scouts of America, Black Swamp Area Council – Merit Badge Counselor, Troop 319

Trinity Lutheran Church – Member, 2013 – present

Hancock Leadership – Government Leadership Academy – Graduate, Class of 2011

Hancock Leadership – Graduate, Class of 2000

Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Northwestern Ohio Synod Council; Past member of Executive Committee

First Lutheran Church – Member, 1998 – 2013

Fort Findlay Kiwanis Club, Findlay, OH; Past-President

St. Michael School, Findlay, OH- Past-President of P.T.C.

Camp Fire USA, Northwest Ohio Council, Inc., Findlay, OH

Professional Associations

Supreme Court of Ohio - Judicial College- Board of Trustees 2013- 2020

Chair 2019 - 2020

Vice-Chair 2016 - 2018

Chair, Subcommittee on Amendments to Rule V of Supreme Court Rules for Gov. of the Judiciary

Chair, Subcommittee on Amendments to Rule X of Supreme Court Rules for Gov. of the Bar (Magistrate CLE and Magistrate Orientation Program)

Chair, Subcommittee on Rule IV of Supreme Court Rules for Gov. of the Judiciary (New Judge Orientation)

Instructor on topics including: Contempt powers for Judges and Magistrates; Misdemeanor sentencing; Protection orders; Unauthorized Practice of Law in Small Claims Court and Landlord/Tenant cases; Evidence; Trends in Pre-Trial Services; and Geofencing Warrants.

Ohio Judicial Conference – Member, 2010 to present.

Traffic Law & Procedure Committee - Past Co-Chair

Criminal Law & Procedure Committee

Civil Law & Procedure Committee

Magistrates Committee

Ohio Common Pleas Judges’ Association – Member, 2017 to present

Association of Municipal and County Judges of Ohio – Member, 2010 through February 2017

Board of Trustees - At-Large Trustee - February 2016 through February 2017

Ohio Association of Magistrates – Member, 2000 – 2009

President, 2006-2007

Board of Trustees, 2003 - 2009

Ohio Jail Advisory Board – Member, 2014 to present

Findlay/Hancock County Bar Associations – Member, 1994 to present

Ohio State Bar Association – Member, 1993 to Present

American Bar Association – Member, 2013 to present