County Attorney Robert Hilder diagnosed with cancer |

County Attorney Robert Hilder diagnosed with cancer

Submitted by Summit County

In early February 2017, Summit County Attorney Robert K. Hilder was diagnosed with esophageal cancer. His prognosis for recovery is good, however, he will be continuing to undergo chemotherapy treatment for the next month. All indications are that his treatment is progressing well.

Hilder has delegated all administrative duties to David Thomas, chief civil deputy, while he remains out of the office. Thomas will continue to serve as the civil division chief, while Patricia Cassell remains chief prosecutor and head of the Criminal Division.

During Hilder’s convalescence, he will continue to be informed of all substantive legal matters involving the county.

Council Chair Chris Robinson said, “Robert is a valuable member of the County’s legal team and we are fully supportive of him as he deals with this health issue.”

It is the county’s policy not to comment on details pertaining to the health status of an employee, but Hilder wanted to ensure the public was informed of his current health status.

Thomas added, “The office is functioning well and we look forward, with great anticipation, Robert’s speedy return.”

Any legal issues pertaining to the county can be addressed directly to either Thomas at or Cassell at

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