The Honorable Judge C. Allen McConnell
Judge C. Allen McConnell was elected in November, 1999 to serve as Judge for
the Toledo Housing and Environmental Court. In 2005, he ran for re-election and
was elected unopposed. After
graduation from undergrad school in 1966, he began his career as a Business
Teacher at Woodward High School in the City of Toledo. After three years, he
left teaching and became a Financial Administrator for Sun Oil Company at the
Toledo Refinery. While employed at Sun Oil Company, he completed his law degree
at the University of Toledo in 1972 and he became an Assistant Lucas County
Prosecutor with an assignment of trying felony cases that included defendants
that were charged with aggravated murder, robbery, theft, drug charges and other
felony crimes. Judge McConnell tried many jury trials and trials to the Bench.
Upon leaving the Prosecutor's Officer, he practiced law for 29 years with
several local attorneys such as James B. Simmons, Jr. His practice was focused
upon criminal work, estate matters, personal injury cases and real estate law.
Judge McConnell served as Chairman of the Toledo Regional Workmen's
Compensation Board from 1986-1988. In 1995 he was appointed to Toledo City
Council and was elected to Council during the same year. On City Council he
served as President Pro-Tem and Chairman of the Finance Committee.
Judge McConnell has served on many boards during his career including
President of the Toledo Legal Aid Society, President of the Toledo branch of the
NAACP, Trustee of the University of Toledo Foundation, United Way Trustee,
Mid-American Bank (Westgate Branch Board member), Toledo Greater Urban League,
Pro-Medica Board of Toledo and Flower Hospital Children's Foundation, Frederick
Douglas Community Center and the Toledo Symphony Board. Over the years Judge
McConnell has received many awards and commendations for his community service.
As a Judge of the Toledo Housing and Environmental Court, he has implemented
many programs that have enabled home owners to bring their properties into
compliance with the Housing and Health Codes in the City of Toledo. The most
effective program has been the Code Violation Abatement Program that allows the
Court to provide assistance to violators up to $4500 to bring their property
The Court employs Housing Specialists that assist violators in criminal and
civil matters. The Court also sponsors neighborhood cleanups and beautification
projects. On several occasions, Court has been held in the neighborhood so the
community can have an opportunity to see how the Court operates.
Judge McConnell has been an advocate for quality neighborhoods for some time
and believes that the goal of the Housing Court should always be to enhance our
neighborhoods and not merely to punish homeowners.