Judge Jodi Thomas, Franklin County Municipal Court
Judge Jodi Thomas is a lifelong resident of Franklin County. She is a graduate of Gahanna Lincoln High School, and went on to attend The Ohio State University where she earned her Bachelor’s degree and license in Social Work. Judge Thomas received her Juris Doctorate in May of 2001 from Capital University Law School. She went on to spend 14 years as an attorney for the Franklin County Public Defender, where she trained and supervised new attorneys.
During her last five years at the Public Defender’s Office, Judge Thomas was assigned to the Franklin County Specialized Dockets as the lead attorney. Dockets include: Mental Health Court, Military and Veterans Specialized Docket, Changing Actions to Change Habits (CATCH) Human Trafficking Specialized Docket, Alcohol and Drug Addiction Program (ADAP) Specialized Docket, and the Opiate Extension Program. Judge Thomas was appointed to the Franklin County Municipal Court Bench by Governor Kasich in April of 2016 and was elected in November 2017. Judge Thomas currently presides over the h.a.r.t program Helping Achieve Recovery Together (formerly called Opiate Extension Program) which is the opiate specific drug court.