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2024-05-03 - Third Judicial Circuit hires Thomas Harrell as CFO

Jun 03, 2024

For Immediate Release


Detroit, MI – The Third Judicial Circuit of Michigan has hired Thomas J. Harrell as its new CFO effective last week. Harrell is working with outgoing CFO Lyn Roberts, who is leaving to pursue other opportunities, during a short transition period. 

Harrell previously served as Director of Fiscal Services for Southfield Public Schools where he managed district-allocated finance, handled financial compliance, ran all internal controls and financial audits, and was in charge of budgetary processes and investment strategies. Before his time in Southfield Harrell was the Director of Business and Finance at Clintondale Community Schools and a Senior Accountant in Grant Accounting for the City of Detroit. 

“Thomas has a proven track record of financial management success and compliance, which is critical in this role for the Court,” said Executive Court Administrator Frank Hardester. “His experience working in the public sector for both the city of Detroit and local school districts provides a tremendous base for leading our financial department.”


About the Third Judicial Circuit

The Third Judicial Circuit of Michigan is the largest circuit court in the state, with 59 judges and three operating divisions. It has jurisdiction over civil, criminal, and family matters arising in Wayne County. Learn more at


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