DIRECTOR OF HUMAN RESOURCES MONTRELLA JACKSON

(330) 375-2131 MJackson@akronohio.gov 166 S. Hight St., Suite 103, Akron, OH44308

Montrella S. Jackson, Esq. has over 25 years of public service experience at the county and local levels.  She currently serves as the Chief Executive /Court Administrator for the Akron Municipal Court appointed by the Judges to that role in November 2012. Her primary duties include managing the overall operations of the court and supervising the court’s division managers, magistrates and staff attorneys for the probation, bailiff, traffic and small claims court services.  She serves as a model court and human resources expert training courts statewide on diversity efforts and recruitment strategies/ planning. She recruits, hires and oversees training of all court personnel. Ms. Jackson monitors and updates personnel policies to ensure compliance. She is an Ohio Judicial College faculty member focusing on human resources and policy management training curriculums. 

Previously, Jackson served as an in-house attorney with the Summit County Children Services Human Resources, Administrative and Legal Services Department for over 13 years from 1999 to 2012.  She has experience with court litigation, human resource law and various administrative legal issues affecting government agencies.  While in that role, she created personnel policies and managed the agency’s over 600 accredited policies.  She also trained managers on employment law and compliance. Jackson further represented the agency in labor negotiations; conducted disciplinary investigations/ grievance hearings; supervised attorney and paralegal staff; and provided back-up for General Counsel.  She further served as the agency’s civil rights officer, HIPAA privacy officer and compliance manager relative to federal and state mandates/ audits / funding. 

Jackson was born and raised in Chattahoochee Florida and moved to Battle Creek Michigan as a teenager. She attended the University of Michigan from 1991- 1994 and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science with extensive study in international politics and Japanese language & culture.   She has expertise in international cultural exchange having worked for the Takasaki Japan government as well as travelled the countries of Thailand, Hong Kong and Korea. 

After working for two years in Takasaki, Japan as an English Instructor / Sister City Ambassador for the Takasaki Board of Education, she moved to Akron to attend The University of Akron School of Law in 1996. She also worked for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Western District of Michigan in 1997 researching criminal, civil and international law.  She clerked for Judge Carla Moore at the Akron Municipal Court in 1998. Jackson finished her law degree and passed the Ohio bar exam in 1999. 

Jackson has received numerous awards and recognitions for her work championing diversity and inclusion, and she has also served on many community boards. She currently serves on the boards of the Women's Network Leadership Institute, Ohio Board of Bar Examiners and Akron Children’s Hospital.