Franklin County Probate Judge Robert G. Montgomery has been awarded the Distinguished Service Award by the Ohio Guardianship Association. Judge Montgomery received the award at the Ohio Guardianship Association’s Annual Conference in Fairborn.
“It is an honor to receive this award from such a group of distinguished people that continually try to make other people’s lives better when there simply is no one else. Having the Ohio Guardianship Association recognizing our public guardianship program here in Franklin County is the ultimate validation of the program’s success,” Judge Montgomery said.
This is the second award that Montgomery has received in 2019. Earlier this year, the Ohio Association of Probate Judges awarded Montgomery with the Award of Judicial Excellence.
Montgomery, who has been a speaker at previous OGA conferences, has introduced new guardianship programs in Franklin County. Working with the Ohio General Assembly, Montgomery created the Franklin County Guardianship Service Board, the first public guardian in Ohio. The success from the implementation of the Guardianship Service Board led to the Ohio General Assembly passing legislation to allow for other Ohio counties to have their own public guardian. Last year, Montgomery created a new Limited Guardianship for Mental Health Care Purposes, allowing family members to be involved in the mental health care of a loved one after the age of 18.
Other organizations who work closest with our most vulnerable citizens have recognized Montgomery for his work. The National Association of Social Workers Ohio Region Chapter V recognized Montgomery as Public Official of the Year. Also, the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of Franklin County awarded Montgomery with the Charleta Tavares Champion Award.
Montgomery has been recognized for his initiatives by his colleagues in the judiciary. Along with the Award of Judicial Excellence from earlier this year, the Ohio Association of Probate Judges previously awarded Montgomery with a Meritorious Service Award. The Ohio Supreme Court awarded Montgomery with two Certificates of Appreciation for his service on the Commission on the Rules of Superintendence.
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