Delaware City Council's Fourth Ward representative won't be running for reelection in November.

May voters gave him a new job instead.

Councilman Kyle Rohrer won the Republican nomination for Delaware Municipal Court judge in a countywide vote and will be unopposed on the November ballot.

His opponent was Melissa Riggins, attorney and Powell City Council member.

According to unofficial results from the Delaware County Board of Elections, Rohrer received 4,029 votes (55.6%) to Riggins' 3,218 (44.4%).

Four Delaware City Council seats, including the one held by Rohrer, are up for election this year.

Candidates for those seats appear only on the November ballot in a nonpartisan race.

City spokesman Lee Yoakum said that's only one election-related distinction spelled out by the city charter.

Another is that, unlike most central Ohio municipalities, City Council terms don't begin Jan. 1 following an election.

Instead, Yoakum said, council holds a meeting -- typically in mid-November -- during which those elected earlier in the month are sworn in and begin their terms.

Rohrer told fellow council members in April he wouldn't seek reelection to council.

As a result, a new Fourth Ward council member will be elected in the fall if at least one person files candidate petitions.

Also on the November ballot will be the council seats now held by First Ward member Chris Jones, Second Ward representative Lisa Keller and Third Ward member Jim Browning.

Rohrer is an assistant Delaware County prosecutor.

On the court, he will succeed Judge David P. Sunderman, who did not seek reelection.

The municipal court has countywide jurisdiction and handles misdemeanor criminal and traffic cases, plus small claims. Its other judge is Marianne Hemmeter.

Rohrer said he doesn't anticipate making any major changes in the court once he takes office in January.

"The court has been running very well. The judges do a great job," he said.

He said he is a big proponent of the court's special dockets for those with mental-health issues, for drunken-driving offenders and for veterans.

Each provides intervention specific to those classifications, he said.

For example, Rohrer said, veterans before the court as defendants are counseled by other veterans who have shared the experience of making the transition to civilian life.

Municipal court is one place where defendants -- particularly young people -- can be deterred from a path that could lead to later felony convictions, he said.

Providing intervention to rehabilitate young adults who have run afoul of the law is what Rohrer said he looks forward to most as judge-elect.

Rohrer said he became a Delaware city prosecutor in 1999 and handled more than 5,250 cases, including 74 jury trials, in municipal court.

He joined the county prosecutor's office in 2006 and has tried 50 felony jury trials, he said.

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