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G. Michael Payton retires from the OCRC, Dec. 31

COLUMBUS, November 7, 2019: After 35 years of public service and 18 years working as the executive director for the Ohio Civil Rights Commission (OCRC), G. Michael Payton plans on retiring on December 31, 2019

Payton oversees the OCRC's statewide staff of 80 employees in their work on civil rights investigations, administrative adjudications, special enforcement initiatives, Alternative Dispute Resolution, and community outreach efforts. 

Payton said of his time at OCRC, ďIt has been a high privilege and honor to serve our state. Iím grateful for all of the great citizens that Iíve met along the way. I have been blessed to have the opportunity to lead our agency in administrating Ohioís strong public policy against discrimination.Ē

Payton, a Gahanna resident, began serving the state in 1984 as an assistant Attorney General in the Civil Rights Section of the Ohio Attorney General's Office. He was later hired to OCRC, first as Chief Legal Counsel, then Director of Regional Operations, and finally Executive Director. In addition to his 22 years of service to the Ohio Civil Rights Commission, Director Payton served in the Ohio Attorney General's Office for 11 years, including as Assistant Chief of the Transportation Section where he provided Legal Counsel to the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT). He also served as ODOTís Real Estate Administrator.

He has received several awards including a national award in 2003 from the EEOC Chairperson Cari Dominguez for innovative proactive prevention initiatives in education and outreach relating to employment discrimination, the 2007 Ohio Conference of NAACPís Civil Rights Vanguard Award, the 2008 Fair Housing Advocates Associationís Keeper of The Dream Award, the 2010 NAACP Toledo chapterís Presidentís Outstanding Civil Rights Award, the 2013 West Virginia Human Rights Commissionís Special Recognition Award, The Ohio State Universityís Alumni in Government Distinguished Service Award in 2013, the 2017 Ross County Chapter of NAACP Presidentís Award for commitment, dedication, and leadership as Director of the OCRC, and more.

For more information, contact Mary Turocy at mary.turocy@civ.ohio.gov.




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