Kasich Announces Appointment to the Hamilton County Court of Common Pleas May 31, 2016 COLUMBUS – Today Governor John R. Kasich announced the appointment of Thomas D. Heekin Jr. of Cincinnati (Hamilton Co.) to serve as a judge on the Hamilton County Court of Common Pleas. Heekin will assume office on June 6, 2016 and must run in the November 2016 general election to retain the seat for the full term commencing January 4, 2017. Heekin is replacing Judge John A. West, who retired. Heekin received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado in 1983 and his juris doctorate from the University of Cincinnati in 1988. Heekin has served as a criminal litigator for Heekin & Heekin since 2002. Heekin is a member of the Ohio and Cincinnati bar associations and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.