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Judge Scott swears in Chief Housing Court Specialist and Project Coordinator!

April swearing in group pic 2On Monday, April 5, Judge Scott safely swore in recently promoted Chief Housing Court Specialist Belinda Gest Esq., and new Cleveland Housing Court employee, Project Coordinator Lanese Sims. 

Mrs. Gest previously served as Judge's Scott's Personal Bailiff. She is a graduate of Ohio University where she earned her Bachelor’s degree in organizational communications and a Master’s degree in education. She received a Juris Doctorate degree from Cleveland Marshall College of Law. Prior to her tenure with Cleveland Housing Court, Mrs. Gest served as a prosecutor, worked in fair housing, and enjoyed careers in private practice, counseling and education.  She is licensed to teach grades 7-12 in history, government, geography and economics. She is married and is mom to two teachers and a college sophomore. Her father was a highly decorated Vietnam veteran and was one of the first black police officers hired in East Cleveland, Ohio. She is a graduate of Shaw High School.

Ms. Sims is an innovative professional with experience managing cross functional projects. Her responsibilities will largely involve implementation of our new court software system, Odyssey. Ms. Sims  is  a graduate of the University of Akron where she earned her Bachelor's degree in English and Cleveland State University where she earned her Master's degree in Adult Learning and Development. 

Both professionals bring a unique skill set that contributes to the productive operation of Cleveland Housing Court. Each of them are committed to serving the citizens of Cleveland and Bratenahl and we wish them a successful tenure with Cleveland Housing Court. 


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