Cambridge City

Policy Order
POR 2020 #235
Order Adopted as Amended
Oct 19, 2020 5:30 PM

Policy Order calling for Judge Roanne Sragow to be reinstated to her position and remain in Cambridge


Department:City Clerk's Office, MMSponsors:Councillor Marc C. McGovern, Vice Mayor Alanna Mallon, Mayor Sumbul Siddiqui, Councillor Dennis J. Carlone, Councillor E. Denise Simmons, Councillor Jivan Sobrinho-Wheeler, Councillor Patricia Nolan, Councillor Quinton Zondervan, Councillor Timothy J. Toomey
Category:Policy Order


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It has come to the attention of the Cambridge City Council that Judge Roanne Sragow, who has served exceptionally as First Justice of the Cambridge District Court for 22 years, has been relieved of her position; and




As First Justice, Judge Sragow has served the Cambridge community firmly but with compassion, vision, and leadership which has earned her the trust and respect of not only those who serve the law, but those who come before her court; and




Judge Sragow has led the Homeless Court at First Parish Church in Cambridge, gaining national attention, and more importantly, changing the lives of hundreds of the most vulnerable members of the community; and



Judge Sragow's mental health sessions for defendants has provided those struggling with mental health issues the support and caring they need, resulting in positive outcomes for both the individual and the community; and



During this time of the Covid-19 pandemic, which only further increases the life and death struggle for those who are unhoused in our community, as well as those who are struggling with mental health and substance use issues, removing Justice Sragow at this time is particularly cruel and dangerous; and



Removing Judge Sragow further hurts the Cambridge community, which is still struggling with the illegal removal of the Cambridge District Court from our city; and



Justice Sragow has consistently advocated for the return of the Cambridge District Court to Cambridge, at times putting her at odds with her superiors, which further clouds her removal and suggests retaliation; now therefore be it



That the Cambridge City Council go on record in opposition to the removal of Judge Roanne Sragow, First Justice of the Cambridge District Court; and further be it



That the Cambridge City Council call for Judge Sragow to be reinstated to her position and remain in Cambridge where she has served exceptionally for the past 22 years and has become an integral member of the community and where she has worked closely with city departments, local clergy and non-profits, to care for our most vulnerable; and further be it




That the City Clerk send a suitably engrossed copy of this order to Governor Charlie Baker, Lt. Governor Karen Polito, who Chairs the Governor's Council, and to Chief Justice Dawley and Chief Justice Carey on behalf of the entire Cambridge City Council.


Meeting History

Oct 19, 2020 5:30 PM Video City Council Regular Meeting
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add all councillors as a co-sponsor

YEAS:Dennis J. Carlone, Patricia Nolan, Jivan Sobrinho-Wheeler, Alanna Mallon, Marc C. McGovern, Sumbul Siddiqui, E. Denise Simmons, Timothy J. Toomey, Quinton Zondervan