Our Origins

Franklin County Guardianship Service Board

The creation of the Franklin County Guardianship Service Board was the idea of Former Franklin County Probate Judge Robert G. Montgomery.
Shortly after taking office, Former Judge Montgomery identified the two biggest issues with the current guardianship program as:

1) How to find suitable guardians, and 
2) How to pay them. 

Former Judge Montgomery wanted to transition the current guardianship system from an attorney based system to a social services based system. 
Former Judge Montgomery wanted the professionals who provide the treatment or care for people under guardianship to be part of the solution. A partnership was soon formed with David Royer, Chief Executive Officer of the Alcohol, Drug and Mental Health Board of Franklin County (ADAMH) and Jed Morison, Superintendent/CEO of the Franklin County Board of Developmental Disabilities (FCBDD). 
With the help of Senator Jim Hughes, Former Judge Montgomery’s legislation was passed into law on September 15, 2014 through the enactment of R.C. 2101.026. This legislation authorizes the Guardianship Service Board’s creation and existence.

Mr. Kullman is a graduate of Miami University, 1974, and Capital University, 1977. He spent the early years of his legal career as a Hearing Officer with the Ohio Department of Liquor Control; in 1984 he joined the staff of the Tenth District Court of Appeals as the first appellate magistrate in the State of Ohio; in 1987 Mr. Kullman was appointed Court Administrator of the Tenth District, a position he held until his retirement in 2014. During his tenure with the Court Mr. Kullman was a frequent lecturer in the areas of Workers’ Compensation and Court Administration. He is a Certified Court Manager through the National Center for State Courts. In 1999 Mr. Kullman was awarded the Columbus Bar Association’s Award of Merit. He formerly served as Chairman of the Ohio Supreme Court Lawyers’ Fund for Client Protection.

Meet Our Director

Jack R. Kullman, Jr. Franklin County Guardianship Service Board

Jack R. Kullman, Jr.

Franklin County Guardianship Service Board


National Guardianship Association
Ohio Guardianship Association