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Richard C. Pfeiffer, Jr. '72 Sworn in as Columbus City Attorney

Already well-recognized for his work protecting neighborhoods in Columbus, former Franklin County Environmental Court Judge Richard C. Pfeiffer, Jr. '72 recently assumed the post of Columbus City Attorney. A former state legislator, private practitioner, and jurist, he brings a wealth of experience to his new role as the City's chief legal advisor.

Richard Pfeiffer being sworn in
City Attorney Pfeiffer, joined by his daughter, Sonya, being sworn in by Franklin County Municipal Court Judge Ann Taylor

Pfeiffer is best known for his work as Franklin County's first Environmental Court Judge. As reported by attorney Mark Kitrick in the Columbus Bar Association's Briefs, Pfeiffer, who in 1991 was a partner at Bricker & Eckler ". . . envisioned the newly created court as a powerful tool for community communication and preservation. He had long-term interests in affordable housing and the environment; for instance, he was the author of Ohio's Clean Coal Amendment. Clearly, his predilections matched the court's purview and so he ran for this elected position. After a successful campaign, Richard Pfeiffer, Jr., a decorated Vietnam Army veteran, was sworn in as the Environmental Court's first judge and took the bench in January 1992. For the last decade, his energetic personality and devotion have molded the court."

Judge Pfeiffer had exclusive jurisdiction in cases involving neighborhood environmental issues such as housing and building standards, as well as health, sanitation, fire, safety, air pollution and zoning issues.

As City Attorney, Pfeiffer will provide legal counsel to the Mayor, the City Council, the Municipal Court clerk and judges, 41 boards and commissions, and all other departments and areas of city government. He replaces Janet E. Jackson, who stepped down from the office to lead the United Way of Central Ohio. Pfeiffer and his wife Janet, who teaches at Upper Arlington High School, have three adult children, Sacha, Sonya, and Seth.