Since 1991, Patrick Dinkelacker has served the citizens of Hamilton County as a judge. With over twenty years in the Common Pleas court, Judge Dinkelacker has presided over some of the most complex trials, involving some of the worst criminal offenders in recent memory. And having served several years in the court of appeals, Judge Dinkelacker has seen firsthand the problems that can arise when trial judges make mistakes and convictions are reversed. The Common Pleas court hears cases involving the worst crimes on the books: murder, rape, robbery, drug dealing, arson, and felonious assault just to name a few. The court is also the place where the most complex civil matters are resolved.
What does this mean? It means that the stakes are unspeakably high. It means that there is no room for error. It is not a place that comfortably allows for on-the-job training. One mistake, and a seriously dangerous individual could be released onto the streets. Judge Dinkelacker has the decades of judicial experience necessary to continue to serve the citizens of Hamilton County on the Court of Common Pleas. Our families, our communities, and the citizens of this county deserve the most seasoned judges in this most important court. We deserve Judge Dinkelacker.
I am pleased to announce that the men and women of the Firefighters Local 48 have given their endorsement for my remaining a judge in Hamilton County. These heroes, working under stressful conditions, deserve our thanks and support. And I am honored that they support me.
I cannot tell you how pleased I am to announce that I have been endorsed by the Cincinnati FOP Queen City Lodge No. 69. The men and women who serve on the city's police force are true heroes who deserve our respect and support, and I am honored that they stand behind me.
I have repeatedly been honored to receive the endorsement from the Plumbers, Pipefitters & Mechanical Equipment Service Union, Local 392. It is a great organization, and their continued support is truly humbling.
I was thrilled to learn that I received an endorsement from Cincinnati Right to Life. It is a great organization and their recognition is a true honor.
In 1979, Judge Dinkelacker was appointed as an Assistant Hamilton County Prosecuting Attorney. He served in the Criminal Division prosecuting cases at the Juvenile, Municipal and Common Pleas felony levels. During his years in the Common Pleas Division, he tried numerous cases including death penalty cases.
In 1991, Judge Dinkelacker became a Judge in the Hamilton County Court of Domestic Relations. He served in that capacity until November 1995, when he was appointed to the Hamilton County Court of Common Pleas - General Division bench. In 2001, he was the presiding Judge of the Common Pleas division.
In November 2006, Judge Dinkelacker was elected to the First District Court of Appeals where he served for eight years. During that time he authored hundreds of legal opinions. He also served a term as Presiding Judge.
In November 2014, Judge Dinkelacker was elected to the Hamilton County Court of Common Pleas - General Division bench, where he currently serves.
Judge Dinkelacker has served as a teaching assistant at Xavier University and presented numerous speeches to schools, civic associations and legal groups. He has coached for many years at Our Lady of Lourdes School and is retired after many years of being a basketball referee for the Western Basketball Conference.
Judge Dinkelacker and his wife, Kathy, have four children, Brian, Kevin, Leah and Julie, daughters-in-law, Sarah and Erin, sons-in-law, Chris Wise and Chris Kilgore and eight grandchildren, George, Camden, Greyson, Gemma, Lainey, Isabelle, Walker and Xander.
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