Kasich Announces Appointment to Columbiana Municipal Court February 4, 2015 COLUMBUS - Today Governor John R. Kasich announced the appointment of C. Christop her Amato of Wellsville (Columbiana Co.) to serve as a judge on the Columbiana Municipal Court. Amato will assume office on February 9, 2015, and must run in November 2015 to retain the seat for the remainder of the unexpired term, which ends January 1, 2020. Amato is replacing Judge Carol A. Robb, who has been elected to the Seventh District Court of Appeals. Amato received his bachelor of arts from The Ohio State University and his juris doctor from Western Michigan University's Thomas M. Cooley School of Law. Previous experience includes work as the assistant county prosecutor for Northwest Area Court and work with his private law practice, Amato Law Office, L.P.A. He is currently appointed to defend mental health patients at East Liverpool City Hospital and is a member of numerous organizations, including the Ohio State Bar Association and Columbiana Bar Association. He has served in various capacities as a coach and mentor in his community.