On Saturday, June 22, 2024, FOX 19 reported that Jesse Kramig resigned from his position as a judge on the Clermont County Municipal Court in Batavia, Ohio. He resigned after facing scrutiny over allegations of an inappropriate relationship with an administrative assistant on his staff that were first brought to light almost a year ago.

In his resignation letter effective June 28th, the 43-year-old Kramig said “Mistakes I have made in my personal life have become public” and that he was stepping down to avoid further damaging the court’s reputation. He said serving the citizens of Clermont County had been the highlight of his career.

Kramig had been in office since 2016 and began a new term in January 2024 after running unopposed in November’s election. His resignation came one day after allegations surfaced on social media that he was seen with the assistant in a local park during work hours.

The assistant, Allison Kersker, had worked for the court since February 2021. She and Kramig were accused of having an “inappropriate, non-physical relationship” according to the municipal court administrator. When interviewed by investigators last year, Kersker admitted developing feelings for Kramig but said the relationship did not involve physical contact.

Following the initial allegations in September 2023, Clermont County Prosecutor Mark Tekulve recused himself and requested a special prosecutor due to potential conflicts of interest if a criminal investigation was launched. County records also showed two Sheriff’s officials involved in Kramig’s reelection campaign were taken off the case due to appearances of bias.

Investigations by the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation and the Warren County Sheriff’s Office found no evidence of any criminal acts. But in his resignation letter, Kramig took responsibility for mistakes in his personal life now affecting his public role. The other municipal court judges had also urged him to resign to preserve the dignity and image of the court.

Governor Mike DeWine will now appoint a replacement to serve out the remainder of Kramig’s term through 2029.

 

 

Source: FOX 19