Sylvania Municipal Court
M. Scott Ramey
Sylvania Municipal Court Judge M. Scott Ramey was born in Toledo, and graduated from Thomas A. DeVilbiss High School in 1966. He then attended DePauw University in Greencastle, IN, completing his bachelor’s degree with honors in 1970. Judge Ramey received his law degree from Duke University in Durham, NC, in 1973.
Judge Ramey began his legal career as an associate of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick in Toledo. He was admitted to practice law in the State of Ohio in 1973 and, in 1977, admitted to practice law in the State of Michigan. In 1975, he was in private law practice with attorney Charles Hunt. Judge Ramey was appointed as prosecutor of the Sylvania Municipal Court from 1975 to 1987. In 1987, Judge Ramey was first elected to the Sylvania Municipal Court for a six-year term, commencing Jan. 1, 1988. He was reelected in 1993, 1999, 2005 and 2011 and is currently serving his fifth term of office.
He and his wife, Rebeccah, are the parents of three daughters: Jennifer, Gretchen and Megan.
The Judge’s professional activities have included the Ohio Municipal and County Judges Association, where he has served on the legislative committee; Ohio Bench and Bar Conference; American Bar Association; Ohio State Bar Association; and the Toledo Bar Association select committee on jail overcrowding. He serves as a board member for the Community Corrections Planning Board. Judge Ramey also is a fellow member of the Ohio State Bar Foundation.
The Judge was also a member of the Toledo Bar Association’s Municipal CourtCommittee, the Bench Bar/Kiroff Committee, Lawyers Advisory and Ethics Committee, Speakers Bureau on Law Related School Education Committee, Lawyers and Realtors Committee, Lawyer Referral and the Information Service Committee.
Judge Ramey has been active in community service, serving as a member of the Sylvania Rotary Club since 1976; director from 1985 to 1987 and 2005 to 2007; president elect 1987 to 1988; and president from 1988 to 1989. He also was a member of the Board of Directors of the Sylvania Community Rotary Foundation from 1988 to 1995. In 1976, he joined the Sylvania Chamber of Commerce as a member and served as director from 1980 to 1982. In 1982, he became a member of the Sylvania Area Community Improvement Corporation and was director from 1982 to 1988. He became a member of the Sylvania Jaycees in 1976, serving as secretary from 1976 to 1977 and internal vice president from 1977 to 1978. He became a member of the Holland-Springfield Chamber of Commerce in 1992 and served on the Board of Directors from 1999 to 2001; was a member of the Holland-Springfield Drug Task Force from 1993 to 1995; and was a member of the Board of Directors of the Springfield Dollars for Scholars from 1995 to 2000. Also, Judge Ramey served a term on the Board of Directors of the Flower HospitalFoundation from January 2007 to December 2012.
Judge Ramey was awarded the National Commission Against Drunk Driving Commendation Certificate in 1993.
He enjoyed coaching softball for nine years and soccer for 10 years.
The Judge has been a member of Sylvania First United Methodist Church since 1977 and a member of its Board of Trustees. He has served terms as family coordinator and on the Pastor Parish Relations Committee, Endowment Committee, Finance Committee and the Administrative Council.
Since Judge Ramey was first elected, he has, among other things, started a probation department, instituted a community service program, commenced a school-to-court program for fifth and sixth grade students in the Court district, started a domestic violence counseling program at the Court and, in conjunction with other area judges, established a victim assistance program.