Judicial Hearing Officers

Todd Kohlrieser – Chief Magistrate

Chief Magistrate Todd Kohlrieser

Chief Magistrate Todd Kohlrieser was appointed as the Chief Magistrate for the Allen County Court of Common Pleas, Juvenile Division, in January of 2015.  Chief Magistrate Kohlrieser is a graduate of the University of Toledo, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree, with honors, in history in 1999, graduating magna cum laude. He attended law school at Ohio Northern University and received his Juris Doctorate degree in 2002.  During his second and third years of law school, Mr. Kohlrieser served as an intern at the Public Defender’s Office at Lima Municipal Court.  After graduating law school, Mr. Kohlrieser went into general private practice at the Law Offices of Thomas Kuhn and Randy Reeves, focusing on credit card disputes, civil litigation, and criminal law.  Mr. Kohlrieser was hired as an Assistant City Prosecutor for the City of Lima in 2003, and worked in that capacity for five years.  Mr. Kohlrieser has been a Magistrate for the Allen County Court of Common Pleas, Juvenile Division, since his appointment in 2008.  Chief Magistrate Kohlrieser has also served on the Treatment Center Advisory Board and on the Drug Court Treatment Program.  The Chief Magistrate serves on the Quality Hearing Workgroup, the Subcommittee on Responding to Child Abuse, Neglect, and Dependency with the Supreme Court of Ohio.  He has participated with the Court Review Assessment Team from the Supreme Court of Ohio, as well as completed the Dependency Case Flow Management program from the Supreme Court of Ohio.  Chief Magistrate Kohlrieser is a member of the Allen County Bar Association and the Lima Noon Optimist Club.  He is a former member of the Fraternal Order of Police and the Knights of Columbus.  Mr. Kohlrieser is also a graduate of the Allen Lima Leadership Program, Class of 2019.  Mr. Kohlrieser is very dedicated to the Allen County Probate and Juvenile Court, and the youth of the community.  He believes in the importance of family, as well as the necessity of the community to assist its’ youth; to help ensure they have a bright future rather than struggling with addictions and delinquent activity.  He strives to help impact the youth in a positive way in every case he handles, whether it is a custody dispute, a case of abuse or neglect, or even in delinquency proceedings.  Mr. Kohlrieser was born and raised in Northwest Ohio and is proud to be part of the Allen County community.

Timothy C. Hamman – Magistrate & Legal Advisor, Probate Division

Timothy C. Hamman – Magistrate & Legal Advisor, Probate Division

Timothy C. Hamman is the Magistrate and Legal Advisor for the Allen County Probate Court. He started with the court as Referee and Court Administrator in 1989. He has also served as the court’s Chief Deputy Clerk. Tim joined what is now the Ohio Association of Magistrates the same year, and served as the first chairperson for the Probate section. He is currently serving his second appointment as a member of the OAM Board. Tim received his certification as a Court Manager from the National Center for State Courts in 2011.

Tim graduated from Bluffton College (now Bluffton University) and the Ohio Northern University College of Law. He was in private practice from 1973 until 1989, also serving for several years as a part-time Assistant Ohio Attorney General. Tim has been a presenter for CLE for the Allen County Bar Association and the Ohio Association of Magistrates, and has also conducted informational or training programs for a number of local agencies.

Tim is a member of the Allen County, Ohio, and American Bar Associations, as well as the Ohio Association of Magistrates.


Holly Looser – Magistrate

Holly Looser – Magistrate

Holly Looser became a magistrate with the Allen County Juvenile Court in June of 2019. Ms. Looser currently handles the Dependency, Neglect, and Abuse docket. She received her Juris Doctorate degree from Ohio Northern University and became licensed to practice law in 2014.  During law school, Ms. Looser interned for two years at the Allen County Prosecutor’s Office in the Civil and Juvenile divisions. Ms. Looser was also actively involved in the Moot Court program, arguing issues of constitutional and criminal law, and serving as the Administrative Justice. After law school, Ms. Looser worked as an Assistant County Prosecutor until becoming a magistrate in 2019. Ms. Looser graduated magna cum laude from Gannon University in Erie, Pennsylvania and has a bachelor’s degree in English. She is a graduate of the 2020 Allen Lima Leadership program and is a member of the Allen County Bar Association.


Mark Van Dyne – Judicial Hearing Officer

Mark VanDyne – Judicial Hearing Officer

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