David A. Hejmanowski has served as the Judge of the Probate/Juvenile Division of the Delaware County Court of Common Pleas since February of 2015 and was previously a Magistrate at that Court from January of 2003 to February of 2015 and Juvenile Court Administrator from 2008-15. Prior to this, he served as an assistant prosecuting attorney for Delaware County.
He graduated as a Public Service Fellow from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law in 1999 where he also received the Joseph M. Harter Memorial Award for Trial Advocacy. He received his B.S. in political science from Hiram College in 1996. He is currently chair of the Supreme Court of Ohio’s Advisory Committee on Interpreter Services and a member of the Supreme Court’s Commission on the Rule of Superintendence. Judge Hejmanowski is a past chair of the Ohio State Bar Association Juvenile Justice Committee and served twice as chair of the Ohio State Bar Association’s Content Advisory Committee. From 2008 to 2011 he served a three year term on the Ohio State Bar Association Board of Governors. He is a member of the Ohio State Bar Foundation’s Board of Trustees and President of the Delaware County Bar Foundation. He serves as co-chair of the Ohio Judicial Conference’s Publications Committee. He is a member of the Governor’s Council on Juvenile Justice.
An advocate for continuing legal education, Judge Hejmanowski is a member of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges’ Curriculum Committee, chair of the Delaware County Bar Association CLE committee, and chair of the Judicial College’s Juvenile Curriculum review committee. He is a frequent presenter for the Ohio Judicial College and the Ohio State Bar Association. He and his wife Ashley and their two children, Catherine and Nicholas, reside in Delaware.
R. Lamont Kaiser – Probate Magistrate
R. Lamont Kaiser assumed his duties as a Probate/Juvenile Court Magistrate in June 2011. His primary area of responsibility is with the Probate Court.
He received his Juris Doctor degree (cum laude) from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law where he was also the Managing Editor of the Ohio State Law Journal. He did his undergraduate work at Syracuse University and The Ohio State University where he graduated with a B.A. in Political Science.
As a Captain, he served on active duty in the USAF as a Staff Judge Advocate (JAG) and a Military Judge.
For 39 years he maintained a private law practice in Delaware focusing on governmental and school law, estate planning for individuals and families (incorporating both probate and non-probate planning tools), business succession planning, elder law, guardianship law, mental health law, estate administration, and complex probate litigation involving recoveries of missing or embezzled assets.
Kaiser has been the President and is a past member of the Rotary Club of Delaware, and has served on the governing boards of the Ohio State Bar Association, Grady Memorial Hospital, and the Delaware Chamber of Commerce. He is a life fellow of the Ohio State Bar Foundation and for many years was a member of the OSBA Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law Section Council.
Kaiser had been recognized professionally by his lawyer peers through a national clearing house by being rated for the over 25 years as having the “Highest Possible Peer Review Rating in Legal Ability and Ethical Standards”. With that same commitment to professionalism, he and the Probate Court staff strive to deliver timely and quality service to the families and individuals seeking the Court’s supervision, protection, or assistance.
Billie Jo Propst – Probate Office Manager
Billie Jo Propst is the Probate Office Manager for the Probate Division of the Delaware County Probate/Juvenile Court. She assumed the position in November 2014 after joining the Probate Team as a Deputy Clerk in January 2013. She has performed a wide variety of responsibilities within the Court’s diverse subject matter jurisdiction.
Prior to joining our Court, she was a Deputy Clerk at Portage County Municipal Court and in the Collections Department that served the combined Portage County Courts. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Management from the University of Akron in 1991.
Mrs. Propst has served countless hours volunteering as a leader in both Girl Scouts and Cub Scouts. She resides in Marysville, Ohio with her husband Jeff and their two children.
She is committed to assuring that the Probate Court continues to provide its services in a pragmatic, timely, consistent and compassionate manner that promotes an enjoyable work environment for staff and is beneficial to attorneys as well as the general public.
Teresa Tackett – Court Visitor/Probate Court Investigator
Teresa Tacket is the director of the Court Visitor program for the Delaware County ProbateCourt. She has been with the Probate/JuvenileCourt since August 2000 and prior to her current position she served as the Judicial Services Manager for the Probate/Juvenile Court. Teresa completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Social Work at The Ohio State University in 2013 and she is an Ohio licensed social worker.
She developed the Court Visitor program as a means to provide an ongoing monitoring and court outreach program for local guardians appointed by the Court. Teresa also assisted with the creation of the local GuardianshipTraining Program which serves as a local alternative to the free training offerred through the Supreme Court of Ohio for newly appointed guardians.
Teresa is a trained Probate Court Investigator.