Kasich names Montz to state sentencing board

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz has been appointed to the Criminal Sentencing Commission by Ohio Gov. John Kasich.

Law Director Brent Howard administered the oath of office to Montz Wednesday afternoon.

“It’s going to be interesting,” Montz said. “I definitely look forward to it. I’m not an expert at all when it comes to criminal law or anything, but I think it’s a great learning opportunity for me.”

The sentencing commission studies Ohio’s criminal laws, sentencing patterns and juvenile offender dispositions.

Other duties of the commission include recommending plans to the General Assembly that encourage public safety, proportionality, uniformity and other goals. It also reviews correctional resources and makes cost-effective proposals.

“We’re proud to appoint him,” a spokesman from Kasich’s office said. “He’s a no-nonsense guy. We think he’ll do great in the position.”

The commission meets about once a month in Columbus, so it will not have much effect on his mayoral duties, Montz said.

The commission is chaired by Chief Justice of the Ohio Supreme Court Maureen O’Connor and consists of 31 members.

Montz’s unpaid term expires Aug. 21, 2014.

“I think it’ll be exciting; I really do,” he said. “I love to get involved and be involved in the process.”