Office: For Judge of the Ottawa County Court of Common Pleas, Probate/Juvenile Division
Term Beginning 2/9/2021
Residence: Oak Harbor
Social Media: https://www.facebook.com/DawnHaarforJudge/
Education: B.S. in Criminal Justice from Bowling Green State University, J.D. from University of Toledo
Work Experience: Practiced in Probate and Juvenile law for over 30 years including 20 years as Prosecutor.
Family: Married for 20 years with one child
Affiliations: St. John Lutheran Church, Thrivent Financial for Lutherans Treasurer
Bar Association Ratings:
(1) List your judicial experience (courts and years)
(2) What about your non-judicial legal experience qualifies you to be a judge?
I have over 30 years of public service in every position that makes up the Ottawa County Probate and Juvenile Court. Since I have walked in the shoes of the Caseworker, Probation Officer, Clerk, Prosecutor, Public Defender and Agency Attorney, I offer a unique and extraordinary judicial perspective. It has been my privilege to represent clients in Ottawa, Sandusky, Wood, Lucas and Erie County Probate and Juvenile Courts. In the last year alone, I have represented clients in adoptions, guardianships, estates, custody, child support, and juvenile delinquency, as well as Ottawa County CASA in abuse, neglect and dependency cases. I have been a tireless advocate to protect the rights afforded to all citizens and I will continue to uphold the rule of law. I am the only candidate prepared for the familiar daily docket, the specialized dockets and the unique challenges now facing this Court and the people we serve.
(3) Why are you running for this particular court seat?
The natural progression of my over 30 years in public service makes me the most qualified candidate in Ottawa County. My familiarity with community resources and regular practice within the Ottawa County Probate and Juvenile Court fosters continuity and allows for a seamless transition to the next generation of sound leadership and continued progress. To keep Ottawa County a safe and sought after place to live, we have a duty to preserve continuity and confidence in the upper most reaches of our government. Our Courts are not interchangeable; consequently, my extensive experience within the Probate and Juvenile Court matters.