Kim Hoover was born at Ft. Bragg, N.C. while his father served in the U.S. Army as a paratrooper. He was the second of four children with the family settling in Cuyahoga Falls after return from the service. He attended the Cuyahoga Falls City Schools (Price Elementary and Sill Middle School) before the family moved to the Northampton area and the Hoover children attended and graduated from Woodridge High School. Kim was an All State athlete earning a full football scholarship to the University of Maryland. He continued to enjoy academic and athletic success including selection to Phi Beta Kappa and First Team Academic All American in football at Maryland. The Atlantic Coast Conference awarded Hoover a full scholarship to the law school of his choice as the Student Athlete of the Year in 1976.
Hoover attended the University of Akron School of Law with the plan of joining his father Orval’s law firm in Cuyahoga Falls upon graduation. This occurred in 1979 when he also passed the Ohio Bar Examination. Hoover began his legal career as Prosecutor for the City of Twinsburg while also establishing his private practice. He served his community in various capacities such as the Chairman of the Civil Service Commission and AMHA Board of Directors.
He entered politics by becoming a Cuyahoga Falls city councilman in 1990 and served for 5 years, including being President of Council before being appointed judge of the municipal court by Governor Voinovich in 1995. Judge Hoover has won reelection to three six year terms, defeating three people who have since been elected judge in various courts. He has been honored by his selection as one of the original 10 mentors for the state’s municipal judges, being a Trustee of the judges’ association, and serving on the Summit County Criminal Justice Advisory Board.
Judge Hoover was the driving force behind the creation of the Stow Municipal Court and the construction of the courthouse that is now a model for judges around the state. This building became the home of the court in January 2009 and through the skillful management of Judges Hoover and Coates, the construction debt has been paid 5 years in advance without using tax dollars. Many courts around the state are trying to reproduce this accomplishment by using the Stow method including Akron and Barberton Municipal Courts.
Hoover is known for his imagination in solving problems. As an example, he is using grow lights confiscated from drug dealers to grow seedlings in the courthouse basement in early Spring for transplant into outdoor gardens tended by community service workers throughout the summer. You can read more about the grow lights in the courthouse basement here. Not only does this allow indigent people to work off their fines but it also teaches skills, work ethic, and civic responsibility. The Akron Canton Food Bank, Good Neighbors, and the Battered Women’s Shelter have received bushels of potatoes, peppers, cucumbers and other nutritious produce.
Hoover and his wife Cheryl have been married more than 30 years and have raised 4 children. His daughter Corinne Hoover Six and son Tad Orval Hoover are practicing attorneys with offices in Cuyahoga Falls and Akron. His daughter Kelly lives in California with her husband and youngest daughter recently moved back to Northeast Ohio with her husband. The Hoovers have been active in their churches, Northampton United Methodist Church and Heart for the City in Akron. The Hoovers currently reside in Silver Lake.