Kasich Announces Appointment to Franklin County Municipal Court April 12, 2016 COLUMBUS – Today Governor John R. Kasich announced the appointment of Jodi L. Thomas of New Albany (Franklin Co.) to serve as a judge on the Franklin County Municipal Court. Thomas will assume office on April 29, 2016, and must run in November 2017 to retain the seat for the remainder of the unexpired term, which ends December 31, 2019. Thomas is replacing Judge Scott D. VanDerKarr, who resigned. Thomas received her bachelor’s degree from The Ohio State University and her juris doctorate from Capital University Law School. Thomas has served in the Franklin County Public Defender’s Office since 2002. Thomas received the Model of Justice Award from the Justice League of Ohio in 2015 as well as the ADAMH Attorney of the Year.