Governor Bob Taft today announced a new judge for Muskingum County. Jay Vinsel has been appointed judge of Muskingum County court. He replaces Judge Jeffrey Hooper who was elected to Muskingum County common pleas court. Vinsel is currently an assistant prosecutor in Muskingum County. Vinsel has been in private practice for the past 20 years before becoming assistant prosecutor. He also served as public safety director under former Zanesville Mayor Don Mason.