Berlin R. Carroll – Court Administrator
BERLIN R. CARROLL II currently serves the Honorable Judge Todd E. Kohlrieser as the Court Administrator of both the Probate & Juvenile Divisions of the Allen County Court of Common Pleas in Lima, Ohio. Mr. Carroll was first appointed to serve in this capacity by retired Judge Glenn H. Derryberry in January of 2014 for Juvenile Court and May of 2017 for Probate Court. Mr. Carroll entered public service in 1993 as a youth leader working in the Court’s secured Treatment & Detention Center. Since that time, he has served the youth and residents of Allen County, Ohio, in a variety of progressive positions to include detention officer, program manager, academic specialist, detention supervisor, probation officer and Director of Treatment and Detention Services. His current duties include overseeing the administrative, operational, programmatic, and fiscal functions of both courts and their various departments. Additionally, Mr. Carroll provides specialized administrative support to Judge Kohlrieser in the areas of human resources, staff development, safety services, and court security. Mr. Carroll serves on various state and local boards, committees, and task forces representing Judge Kohlrieser and the court. Mr. Carroll was appointed to the Supreme Court of Ohio’s Commission on Technology and the Courts by Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor in 2016 and reappointed in 2019. In addition to his service to the courts, Mr. Carroll is an adjunct faculty member of the Supreme Court of Ohio’s Judicial College where he teaches tactical communications to court security personnel and probation officers as well as court performance and accountability in the Court Management Program. Mr. Carroll is also privately certified to instruct advanced firearms courses, the mental dynamics of marksmanship, active shooter response (ALICE), security group threat assessments, verbal defense and influence, and tactical communications.
Mr. Carroll has been recognized for his service to youth, his community, and in the fields of criminal justice, emergency medical services and firefighting by various local, state and national organizations. Mr. Carroll was a recipient of the 2015 “Friend of Children” award for his services and dedication to the Children of Allen County, Ohio and most recently he was the recipient of the Paul Harris Fellowship by Rotary International for charitable service & contributions. He has previously served the Allen County Sheriff’s Office as a paramedic/diver on the Dive Recovery Team and has worked as a Paramedic/Level II Fire Fighter/Arson Investigator for the Bath Township Fire Department.
Mr. Carroll is a graduate of the James A. Rhodes State College Paramedic Program, has received accreditation as a Corrections Executive through the American Correctional Association and has been recognized as a Certified Court Executive by the National Center for State Courts. He is the 2022 President of the Ohio Association for Court administration, a member of the Ohio Fraternal Order of Police as well as the Lima Rotary Club and several other charitable fraternal organizations.
Mr. Carroll has been recognized by various national, state, and local organizations for his commitment to youth improvement and for his service to the field of criminal/juvenile justice to include:
- 1995 National Juvenile Detention Association’s ~ Line Staff Worker of the Year
- 1996 Ohio Juvenile Detention Association’s ~ Line Staff Worker of the Year
- 2002 James A. Rhodes State College ~ Corrections Officer of the Year
- 2009 House of Representatives of the 128th Ohio General Assembly ~ Outstanding Citizen Recognition
- 2011 Lima-Allen County Safe Community Coalition ~ Youth Safety Award
- 2015 Allen County Children Services ~ Friend of Children Award
- 2016 Allen County Probate & Juvenile Court ~ Special Recognition for Dedicated Service
- 2019 Allen County Probate & Juvenile Court ~ Community Service Award
Mr. Carroll attended the Supreme Court of Ohio’s Judicial College from 2012 to 2017 participating in the court management program where he was credentialed by the National Center for State Courts as a court manager in 2014 and as a court executive in 2017. Mr. Carroll was certified as a corrections executive by the American Correctional Association in 2009 and is a 2001 Graduate of the James A. Rhodes State College Paramedic Program. Mr. Carroll is also a graduate of the Allen Lima Leadership program, class of 2017. Mr. Carroll is currently pursuing a fellowship in the Institute of Court Management through the National Center for State Courts.