Judge Jennifer Muench-McElfresh was appointed to the Butler County Common Pleas Court by Governor John R. Kasich in October of 2013. In addition to her regular docket, Judge McElfresh presides over the Felony Non-Support Court. The Felony Non-Support Court is a specialized docket which strives to enhance the public safety by preventing recidivism while assisting felony non-support offenders in taking responsibility for their behavioral issues and in paying their Court ordered child support.
Judge McElfresh holds both a Bachelor of the Arts and Juris Doctor from the University of Cincinnati. Prior to taking the bench, she served as an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney with the Butler County Prosecutor’s Office for fifteen years. In addition to representing county agencies as an Assistant Prosecutor, Judge McElfresh prosecuted juvenile delinquency cases as well as adult misdemeanor and felony cases. For thirteen years, Judge McElfresh prosecuted child homicide, physical abuse, and sexual abuse cases. In 2011, she became the Division Chief of the Child Assault Division of the Butler County Prosecutor’s Office. Judge McElfresh received a Meritorious Service Award from the Ohio Prosecuting Attorneys Association in 2012.
Judge McElfresh is a member of the Ohio Judicial Conference’s Public Confidence and Community Outreach Committee and Criminal Law and Procedure Committee. She serves on the Butler County Criminal Justice Advisory Board as well as the Butler County Bar Association’s Criminal Law Committee, Bar Applications Committee, Bar Foundation Committee, and Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee.
Judge McElfresh resides with her family in Fairfield, Ohio. She has previously served on the Fairfield Planning Commission, Fairfield Parks and Recreation Board, and Fairfield Civil Service Commission. She is an active member of Sacred Heart Church and currently serves on the Miami Valley Health Services Board and Bunker Hill Haven for Boys Board.