“Cleveland is a great place to live. We are all a part of the community. I’m doing it to try and help out for the interim basis,” McCoin said.
“This an opportunity to help the city so they can come up with the process, and fairly consider the qualified candidates.”
McCoin said it was “an unfortunate situation” that led to the need for an interim appointment.
“I would have preferred not to have been appointed. I certainly would have preferred for Judge Moss to continue serving the city and the public for many years,” the interim judge said.
McCoin referred to the late Moss as having been a fair judge.
“I hope I can do that, for a short period of time at least,” McCoin said.
The attorney said he had not anticipated being asked to serve. He was initially approached about filling the position last week. He said he knew of at least two other attorneys who had been asked if they would be willing to serve.
McCoin was nominated by Cleveland Mayor Tom Rowland for the monthlong position during a called meeting of the Cleveland City Council Monday.
“George has been extremely active in our community. He is a mover and a shaker. He loves this community,” Rowland said. “He’s a great attorney and in talking to George, him being willing to serve for this short period of time, I think it is going to be a plus for the city of Cleveland and for our court.”
No other nominations were made.
“Thank you for your willingness to serve,” Rowland said before swearing McCoin into office.
McCoin will serve as judge for court dates through Sept. 4 .
“The city needed someone on a short-term basis so they could fill in and come up with a procedure and find someone who wants it as a full-time job,” McCoin said.
McCoin said he would not be applying for the two-year term position, but was willing to serve in the interim position to help his community.
He also serves his community in other ways, such as working on the Industrial Development Board.
The process for how applications can be submitted for nominations for the two-year term was finalized during Monday’s meeting.
The deadline for application was set as Aug. 15 at 10 a.m. The forms can be turned into the mayor’s office.
The appointment for the two-year term as city judge will be made at the Council during the Cleveland City Council’s regular meeting Sept. 8. The new judge will be sworn in at the same time as city councilmen elected in the August election. The meeting will be held at the Museum Center at Five Points.