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KOREAN C. STEVENSON was born in Youngstown, Ohio where she graduated from Thee Rayen High School. Ms. Stevenson attended Central State University prior to beginning her career as a Police Officer in the Youngstown Police Department. As a police officer Ms. Stevenson wrote and instituted the first Policies and Procedures for the Youngstown City Jail.
Ms. Stevenson’s experience secured her a position as the Assistant Manager of the Division of Inmate Services in the Cuyahoga County Jail. In that position Ms. Stevenson was responsible for the all aspects of the jails operations as it relates to the treatment of inmates, their needs and functions while in the jail.
Once again the need to write policies and procedures arose and Ms. Stevenson met the challenge head on. Ms. Stevenson also wrote the first Edward Byrne Memorial Grant to combat the substance abuse issue of inmates incarcerated in the county jail.
With a desire to operate youth programming Ms. Stevenson transferred into the Department of Justice Affairs where she initially administered the Children’s Trust Fund, Juvenile Justice & Delinquency Prevention, and the Youth Enrichment Consortium programs throughout Cuyahoga County. Under Ms. Stevenson’s tutelage more than 100 youth programs were administered county-wide annually.
With the assistance of then State Senator Grace Drake Ms. Stevenson successfully negotiated a partnership between the city of Cleveland and the then Board of Cuyahoga County Commissioners that led to the creation of the Regional Planning Unit. The RPU became known as the Criminal Justice Service Agency a division of the Department of Justice Affairs.
Ms. Stevenson managed all state and federal funding coming into the county under the Commission averaging in excess of 10 million in grant funds annually in addition to the division budget. As the Director of Grants & Finance, Ms. Stevenson was able to grow the division to include a unit specializing in grant writing, technical support, and budget preparation to round out the grants management functions of the division. Ms. Stevenson also created a GMIS system for the warehousing of all grant information.
After retiring Ms. Stevenson was awarded funding from Neighborhood Connections for “Project Grandstand” which focused upon the dumping on Stanwood. This was the first of its kind clean up in the city of East Cleveland Ohio. Ms. Stevenson’s was also instrumental in the resurfacing of Stanwood Road.
Ms. Stevenson holds a B.A. in Management from Kaplan University is certified as a Public Manager by the State of Ohio Department of Administrative Services and has received numerous certificates and awards from the late Stephanie Tubbs Jones and former Mayor Merle Gordon of Beachwood Ohio.
Ms. Stevenson is a sister, an aunt, a mother, and a grandmother and takes pleasure in and looks forward to serving the community of East Cleveland Ohio.