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Release Date: March 21,2023

Akron Municipal Court Administrative/Presiding Judge David Hamilton Selected for Leadership Ohio's 2023 Class

Akron, Ohio, March 21, 2023 – Akron Municipal Court Administrative/Presiding Judge David Hamilton has been appointed to Leadership Ohio’s 2023 class.

Thirty-five individuals were carefully selected out of more than 120 applications. Judge Hamilton and the other 34 Leadership Ohio Fellows will engage in a series of intensive sessions that cover topics such as the state judiciary, small town resurgence and civil discourse while being exposed to an influential network of decision makers.

Fellows will develop Ohio Impact Projects taking direct action on a pressing issue or opportunity to benefit Ohio. Importantly, they will build impactful relationships with other leaders from around the state with goals for lasting change.

The program lasts eight months and during the eight months, Leadership Ohio participants will engage in in-depth explorations of critical questions, challenges and opportunities facing Ohio and its people.

"We are excited to welcome the Class of 2023 to Leadership Ohio," said Dr. Lisa Duty, executive director of Leadership Ohio. "These distinguished individuals are part of a growing network of change-makers and innovators who are on the leading edge of solutions for a future-driven Ohio.”

Upon graduation, Fellows are inducted into the Leadership Ohio alumni network comprised of accomplished, diverse, talented Ohioans. Leadership Ohio’s alumni reside in Ohio cities big and small, lead major companies and nonprofits, launch small businesses, and serve in government agencies, elected offices, commissions and Ohio’s boardrooms.

“I am honored to be a part of this year’s Leadership Ohio class,” said Judge Hamilton. “This is an exciting opportunity to get more involved with statewide issues that impact every citizen in Ohio. I enjoy learning from others and their journeys and I look forward to connecting with leaders who represent various counties throughout our state.”

For more information about Leadership Ohio, visit

About Judge Hamilton

Judge David Hamilton was born and raised in Akron, Ohio. He is a graduate of Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy and received his Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and minors in Criminal Justice and Criminology from the University of Akron. Hamilton earned his Juris Doctorate at Western Michigan University.

Hamilton is a former Prosecutor and Judicial Attorney in Akron Municipal Court. He also served as the District 5 Summit County Councilman. As the Chair of Public Safety, Hamilton started and spearheaded the Summit County Jail Advisory Commission in 2017. Hamilton is also founder of the MY-STARS Summer Youth Enrichment Camp, designed for youth to gain exposure to “real world” skills and experiences needed for success in future planning for school and life. Hamilton also started the Greater Akron Small Business Summit, which is a network for start-up small businesses in Summit County to learn about the resources that are available to them.

Hamilton is currently serving his first term as the Akron Municipal Court Judge. Hamilton also serves as the Administrative/Presiding Judge. Hamilton created COMPASS (Compassion-Opportunity-Mentoring-Purpose-Achievement-Success and Stepping-forward), which is a court-sponsored program geared towards helping young men find their way by providing opportunities that foster personal and professional development. Hamilton is also the co-creator of Raising the Bar, which is a court-sponsored program geared towards creating a pipeline from high school to law school for minority high school students.

Hamilton is a board member of the Akron Zoo and ArtsNow. He is also a class 34 graduate of Leadership Akron. Hamilton was awarded the BMe Genius Fellowship, Crain’s Cleveland Business Forty under 40, the Greater Akron Chamber’s 30 for the Future Award and the Akron Urban League Rising Star Award.

Hamilton is passionate about helping people and it is his desire to give back to his community. 

About the Akron Municipal Court
The Akron Municipal Court serves the cities of Akron and Fairlawn; the townships of Bath, Richfield and Springfield; the Villages of Lakemore and Richfield; and that part of Mogadore in Summit County, Ohio. For more information about Akron Municipal Court services and programs, please visit: