Citing his desire to continue the many new programs he has instituted while in office, the Honorable Bruce Winters has announced that he is running for re-election for Judge, of the Ottawa County Common Pleas Court as an Independent candidate. Judge Winters has served the communities of Ottawa County as Common Pleas Judge for the past 5 years.
The very integral programs implemented by Judge Winters include a highly supervised bond release system, intensive probation for high need/risk offenders, drug testing for criminal defendants, drug court, in-house intensive outpatient treatment program for drug and alcohol offenders, and a mediation program for foreclosure cases. Judge Winters has been able to decrease the Court’s annual budget while securing federal grant monies to process child support cases and state grant monies to assist with probation.
A graduate of the University of Toledo, College of Law, Winters holds a degree in Political Science and Criminal Justice from the University of Toledo. Winters was a practicing attorney for 21 years. Prior to becoming Ottawa County Common Pleas Judge, he served Ottawa County communities as a Police Officer, Juvenile Probation Officer, Assistant Prosecuting Attorney and Magistrate. Winters currently serves with the National Judicial College and the Ohio Judicial College as an instructor for new magistrates and judges.