The Honorable Judge C. Allen McConnell

Judge C. Allen McConnellJudge 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 into compliance.

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.