Chief Magistrate

Alicia A. Schulz

Magistrate Alicia Schulz has served as Magistrate in the Juvenile Court since 2002.  Magistrate Schulz was raised on a farm in Iowa, received her B.A. from the University of Iowa majoring in French and Italian, and taught first year French while pursuing graduate studies there (degree not completed).  She earned her Juris Doctorate cum laude in 1980 from Northwestern University Law School in Chicago. 

After three years as an associate with Bell, Boyd, and Lloyd in Chicago, Alicia moved to Mansfield, Ohio, and served as corporate attorney for several years in a small manufacturing business she co-owned with her husband.  After sale of the business in 1990 Alicia retired to homemaking, community involvement, and homeschooling her two daughters. 

A chance meeting with Judge Ron Spon in 2002 led to a part time Magistrate position, which progressed to full time within two years as needs and opportunities arose.  Judge Steve McKinley continued her appointment in April of 2019.  Magistrate Schulz hears most of the Court's traffic cases and shares responsibility for delinquency, unruly, and dependency, neglect, and abuse cases with two fellow Magistrates.


Magistrate David L. Kitzler

David Kitzler was appointed as a Magistrate for Juvenile Court by Judge Ron Spon in August of 2006.  Judge Steve McKinley continued his appointment in April of 2019.  Before joining the Court, Magistrate Kitzler was in private legal practice for over 30 years, handling criminal, banking, personal injury, and real estate matters.  He represented Richland County Children Services Board for 25 years and was the second private counsel for a Children Services Board in the State of Ohio.

Magistrate Kitzler received his Bachelor of Arts degree cum laude from Bowling Green State University in 1973 and his Juris Doctorate from Georgetown University in 1976.  He is a member of the Ohio State Bar Association and Richland County Bar Association, where he has served on the Executive and Bar Admissions Committees, has litigated disciplinary cases, and previously has chaired the Education Committee.  As president, he proposed and was instrumental in creating the Richland County Bar Association Scholarship for local high school graduates.  He has presented seminars on child welfare issues to the Ohio Public Children Services Attorneys Association, the local bar, and to Court Appointed Special Advocates.

Magistrate Kitzler is a native of Urbana, Ohio, and has been happily married to Magistrate Patricia O'Donnell Kitzler, who serves the Richland County Probate Court, for almost 46 years.  (To date, they are the only husband-and-wife magistrates in the State of Ohio.)  They have two sons, Ben and Sean, and two precocious grandsons.  In his spare time, Magistrate Kitzler is a musician, singer, and songwriter who has lent his talents to the Mansfield Town Roast for the last 30+ years.


Magistrate Karen L. Cannon

Magistrate Karen Cannon was appointed Magistrate of the Richland County Juvenile Court on February 27, 2012 by Judge Ron Spon.  Judge McKinley continued her appointment in April of 2019.  Magistrate Cannon hears cases involving abuse, neglect, and dependency, and delinquency matters from arraignment to disposition. 

Magistrate Cannon received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1989, her Juris Doctorate degree from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law in May of 1992, and was admitted to the practice of law in November of 1992.  Prior to her appointment as Magistrate in Juvenile Court, Magistrate Cannon was a Magistrate in the Richland County Court of Common Pleas, Domestic Relations and General Divisions, an Assistant Law Director and First Assistant Law Director for the City of Mansfield, and a private practitioner for law firms in Cleveland and Mansfield, Ohio, representing numerous clients in civil and criminal matters. 

Magistrate Cannon has been active in the local community, having proudly served on the Mansfield Area Y Board (past president), the YWCA Board (past president), Habitat for Humanity (secretary), and Altrusa.  She is active in her parish community at St. Peter's Catholic Church.  Magistrate Cannon lives in Richland County with her husband and family.


Richland County Juvenile Justice Center
411 South Diamond Street
Mansfield, OH 44902
Phone: (419) 774-5578
Fax: (419) 774-5555

Hours of Operation: 
Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. -  4:00 p.m.

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