Louis P. Wargo III is the Judge of the Ottawa County Municipal Court, having been elected to the Court in November, 2019. Serving the needs of the citizens and families of Ottawa County has always been Judge Wargo’s first priority. After passing the Ohio State Bar Examination in November, 1981, Judge Wargo became an Assistant Ottawa County Prosecuting Attorney under Prosecuting Attorney Lowell S. Petersen in February 1982; later serving as the Felony Prosecutor under Prosecuting Attorney Douglas O. Meyer from 1985 – 1988. In addition to his seven years as an Assistant Ottawa County Prosecuting Attorney, Judge Wargo also served several Ottawa County Villages as their Municipal Ordnance Prosecutor for 20 years, and maintained his private practice of law in Port Clinton from 1982 – 2008 serving the individual needs of Ottawa County’s families and citizens. He was a partner in the firms Meyer, Kocher, Loeffler and Wargo, and Loeffler and Wargo; both in Port Clinton.
In 2003, Judge Wargo became the Magistrate in the Ottawa County Municipal Court under long time Judge Frederick ‘Fritz’ Hany II. In January, 2008, Judge Wargo became the Court’s first full time Magistrate, where he served until assuming his current position on January 1, 2020.
The son of a long time Police Officer and Police Chief, Louis P. Wargo Jr., and school secretary, Frances M. Wargo. Judge Wargo graduated from Huron High School in 1973 and received his Bachelor of Arts Degree from Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, in 1977. While attending the University of Toledo, School of Law, where he graduated with his Juris Doctorate in 1981, Judge Wargo clerked in the Law Firm Gallon, Kalniz, and Iorio Co. LPA.
Judge Wargo’s son, Louis P. Wargo IV (Fireman), his wife Denise (Nurse), and their daughter Norah, currently reside locally. His daughter Paula M. Connors (School Counselor) and husband Benjamin (Financial Planning and Analysis Manager) reside in neighboring Sandusky County.