Darlene Evans McCoy is a graduate of Kent State University and the University of Akron School of Law. She began her career in government service with the Industrial Commission of Ohio as a hearing officer. Shortly after graduating from law school, she was appointed by Governor Richard Celeste to be the Chief Operating Officer of the Industrial Commission, a position she held for 5 years. She then served as the Executive Director of the Ohio Civil Rights Commission until Michael White was elected Mayor in 1989. She served as Chief of Staff to Mayor White for one term. She then joined the prestigious law firm of Calfee, Halter and Griswold LLP as a partner. Her practice focused on Government Relations and Workers’ Compensation. After a brief retirement she joined the Law Office of Shapiro, Shapiro and Shapiro Co.,L.P.A.. Her practice is limited to representing injured Federal Workers Darlene served on many Not for Profit boards including the Cuyahoga County Library, the United Way of Greater Cleveland, the Zoological Society and the Kent State University Foundation Board. She has been the commencement speaker at both Kent State College of Arts and Sciences and Cleveland State Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs. She received many honors and awards. She is a graduate of Leadership Cleveland. Darlene enjoys cooking, mystery novels, word puzzles and gardening. She lives in Chagrin Falls with her dog, Ebony.
- Served as Chief Operating Officer of the Ohio Industrial Commission
- Former Executive Director of the Ohio Civil Rights Commission
- One Term as Chief of Staff to Cleveland Mayor Michael R. White