WARREN – If you see a guy in a suit walking the streets of Warren, that man isn’t someone chasing an ambulance or looking to make a quick buck. Rather, he is a health-conscious justice official.

Patrick F. McCarthy, 59, who joined the General Division of the Trumbull County Court of Common Pleas as a magistrate in 1997, said he started a lunchtime walk a few years ago years as a sort of New Year’s resolution.

“It was after Christmas, I had put on a few pounds and I’m a routine guy. So at noon every day, I would put on my boots and walk,” McCarthy said, noting the health benefits as well as maintaining weight loss.

He keeps track of steps through an Apple Watch, but usually only takes a walk when the weather turns cold.

“I don’t want to sweat too much because I have to go back to court when I get back,” he said.

This type of exercise has taken him down the most unusual paths, McCarthy said, noting he’s gone to lunch destinations as far afield as Cockeye Barbecue on Parkman Road NW and Larchmont University on the north side. is.

“I’ve taken many routes around downtown Warren. There are a lot of beautiful homes with historic value. It’s a shame that a lot of them are in poor condition. he said.

Once, a legal colleague saw him walking on the northwest side and texted him if he needed help.

Another time, while on the Riverwalk, McCarthy said he encountered a man walking down the banks towards the Mahoning River.

“It’s not your normal business, and then I spotted a policeman chasing him. Well, as they got to the water, the man was arrested. The officer did everything right and I couldn’t resist talking to the man he was chasing while he was handcuffed. McCarthy said with a dry sense of humor.

McCarthy said he used to exercise by running and working out at the nearby fitness center across from the courthouse, which served as the YMCA. But the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic and a heart attack curtailed those activities.

“Walking seemed like the easiest solution. But I also cycle in the warm months,” he said.


His upcoming autumn lunchtime walks will take on new meaning – perhaps easing the stress of aging – as McCarthy says he gave his daughter in marriage on August 6.

“I don’t know what to expect next, but the grandkids will be nice,” he said.

A 1981 graduate of Cardinal Mooney High School and a former resident of the Brownlee Woods neighborhood of Youngstown, McCarthy played as an offensive guard on the undefeated football team that won the state championship in 1980.

“We beat Lebanon by a score of 50 to zero. This mark held the record for the largest point spread in a state championship game for a long time. It was definitely a good year,” McCarthy said, noting that he didn’t face future Cleveland Browns star Bernie Kosar this season because Kosar’s Boardman team was dropped following a teachers’ strike.

McCarthy noted that he was one of three Pat McCarthys who had played football for Mooney.

He studied journalism at Kent State University, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in 1985. He worked for two years in the mid-1980s in the Trumbull County office for The Vindicator when it was published in Youngstown .

Deciding to pursue a legal career, McCarthy graduated from the Ohio State University College of Law and was called to the Ohio bar in 1990, when he entered private practice with Carlile, Patchen, Murphy and Allison in Columbus. .

In 1991 he returned to the Mahoning Valley and joined the Trumbull County District Attorney’s Office, serving in both criminal and civil divisions. He served as chief of the appeals division for prosecutor Dennis Watkins as well as a criminal administrator.

“I wanted to come back to the area, and I went to see Mr Watkins and asked him about job openings in the legal profession. He said, “I have one in my office. ‘Do you want it?’ And the rest is history,” McCarthy burst out laughing.

As one of the court’s four magistrates, McCarthy oversees cases of civil harassment protection orders, debtor/creditor matters such as garnishments and writs of execution, and employment qualification certificates. , in addition to managing mediations, trials and any other referrals to the courts.

McCarthy said on one of his walks he met someone he had just had a court hearing with.

“If I had known, I would have made a home visit” he’s laughing.

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