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Darlene Sweeney-Newbern named OCRC Director of Regional Operations

Ohio Civil Rights Commission (OCRC) Toledo Regional Director Darlene Sweeney-Newbern has been chosen to serve as the new statewide Director of Regional Operations. As Director of Regional Operations, Ms. Sweeney-Newbern will oversee agency personnel and management of the five regional offices in Akron, Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton and Toledo in their enforcement of Ohio's laws against discrimination. She fills the vacancy left following the retirement of former Director of Regional Operations, Keith McNeil. 

 

"Darlene is passionate about civil rights and has served the OCRC with distinction for over 28 years. We are confident Darlene will maintain our tradition and values of dedication, integrity, respect, teamwork, and public service," said OCRC Executive Director, G. Michael Payton.  Ms. Sweeney-Newbern has broad experience in investigating, supervising and managing employment and fair housing charges for the Commission. Upon invitation, she has traveled throughout the United States speaking, teaching and training state and federal law enforcement agencies, judges, attorneys, employers, unions, fair housing advocacy groups, realtors, the NAACP, corporations and members of the general public on employment and fair housing laws. 

Sweeney-Newbern has investigated or consulted in many notable cases, including a $4.3 million settlement in a redlining case against Farmers Insurance in Toledo and an $850,000 settlement in a race and familial status discrimination case involving a Massillon, Ohio landlord who limited the number of African American tenants in his properties. 

Sweeney-Newbern has been an instructor on fair housing laws and author of two fair housing training manuals for the National Fair Housing Training Academy located in Washington, D.C.. She is a popular motivational speaker who has presented at national and international conferences throughout the United States. During the Obama administration, she met at the White House and in Ohio with senior staff to discuss national housing policy reform.

Sweeney-Newbern sits on numerous boards and committees including the Northern Ohio Development Agency (NODA), the Toledo Chapter of the NAACP, Toledo Community Coalition, the Toledo Chief of Police Advisory Board, Dialogue to Change and State of the State Conference Committee.  Sweeney-Newbern is the recipient of various awards including The Rev. Fred L. Shuttlesworth Humanitarian Award, Shanna L. Smith-Spirit of Fair Housing Award, Ohio Civil Rights Commission's “Rosa Park Medal,” the NAACP Outstanding Community Leadership Award and, the “Keeping the Dream Alive Award” for brokering the Farmers Insurance case settlement. 

For more information, please visit crc.ohio.gov or contact Mary Turocy at mary.turocy@civ.ohio.gov.

 

 
   
   


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