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Cleveland Municipal Court Honors Black History Month

In observance of Black History Month, the following is a complete list of current and former Cleveland Municipal Court African American judges. Click on each name to view their biography. In addition to the judges listed below, in 1935 Raymond C. Johnson was appointed to the staff of the Probation Department, becoming the first black male probation officer.  Robert Townsend served this court as the first black Chief Bailiff in 1991.  Joan T. Breland served as the first black Referee (now referred to as a Magistrate) in 1974 and Cleoford (“Zeke”) Forbes served as the first black Clerk in 1986.

Perry B. Jackson
Ohio's 1st African American Judge

Lillian W. Burke
Ohio's 1st African American Female Judge

37)

Michael L. Nelson Sr.

1-5-2018 to present

36)

Sheila Turner-McCall

1-4-2018 to present

35)

James H. Hewitt Jr.

3-1-2015 to 12-31-2015

34)

Edward S. Wade Jr.

1-2-2014 to 12-31-2015

33)

Pinkey S. Carr

1-3-2012 to present

32)

Michelle D. Earley

4-6-2009 to present

31)

Michael John Ryan (bio + interview)

1-5-2006 to 11-30-2012

30)

Charles L. Patton Jr.

12-12-2005 to present

29)

Pauline H. Tarver

1-3-2004 to 1-2-2016

28)

Lauren C. Moore

1-2-2004 to present

27)

Anita Laster Mays

1-1-2004 to 1-31-2015

26)

Emanuella Groves

12-7-2001 to present

25)

Angela R. Stokes

12-18-1995 to 1-6-2016

24)

Larry G. Smith

1-10-1995 to 12-17-1995

23)

Craig Cobb

10-24-1994 to 12-7-1995

22)

Bobette Smiley Ousley

10-22-1994 to 12-4-1995

21)

Mabel M. Jasper

1-5-1988 to 12-31-2005

20)

Shirley Strickland Saffold

1-2-1988 to 1-9-1995

19)

Larry A. Jones Sr. (bio + interview)

12-1-1987 to 1-31-2009

18)

Carl B. Stokes

12-9-1983 to 8-28 1994

17)

George W. Trumbo

4-19-1982 to 12-31-1995

16)

Ronald B. Adrine (bio + interview)

1-4-1982 to 1/3/2018

15)

Stephanie Tubbs Jones

1-3-1982 to 4-8-1983

14)

C. Ellen Connally (bio + interview)

1-2-1980 to 12-31-2003

13)

John E. Washington

2-16-1977 to 1-3-1978

12)

Jean Murrell Capers

1-18-1977 to 12-31-1985

11)

Charles W. Fleming

1-1-1976 to 7-11-1994

10)

Charles Fleming

1-26-1973 to 12-31-1982 and 1-1-1984 to 8-23-1989

9)

Sara J. Harper

1-14-1971 to 3-12-1982 and 1-1-1985 to 2-11-1991

8)

Lillian W. Burke

1-20-1969 to 12-31-1987

7)

Lloyd O. Brown

1-3-1968 to 12-20-1971

6)

Frederick Coleman

12-29-1967 to 12-30-1970

5)

Chester Gillespie

10-20-1965 to 12-1-1965

4)

Augustus Parker

1-4-1965 to 10-16-1965

3)

Paul White

12-16-1963 to 12-15-1967

2)

Theodore M. Williams

1-7-1960 to 12-31-1975

1)

Perry Jackson

1-2-1946 to 1-7-1961


Contact:  Ed Ferenc, Public Information Officer                                   
Cleveland Municipal Court
216 664 6787 / 216 789 2597
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