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Roosevelt F. Dorn, the former mayor of Inglewood, California, was born October 29, 1935, in Checotah, Oklahoma.


Dorn, Roosevelt F. was born on October 29, 1935 in Checotah, Oklahoma, United States. Son of William M. and Nettie (Brinkley) Dorn.


Juris Doctor, Whittier College, 1969.


He was elected to a full term on November 3, 1998, and again in 2003 and 2007. Dorn served in the United States Air Force from 1954 to 1958. Joining the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department as a deputy, he was a Superior Court bailiff from 1961 to 1969.

After obtaining a law degree in 1969 from the Whittier Law School and passing the California State Bar Examination in 1969, Dorn worked as an assistant city attorney for the City of Los Angeles until 1979. California Governor Jerry Brown appointed him to the Municipal Court in 1979 and to the Los Angeles County Superior Court in 1980. They have three children.

Bryan Keith, Renee Felicia, and Rochelle Francine. Dorn pleaded guilty on January 25, 2010, to a misdemeanor conflict-of-interest charge in connection with a low-interest loan he received from a program originally intended to help city administrators with the high cost of living in Inglewood. In June 2004 Dorn had voted with the majority of the City Council to extend the program to elected officials.

Later, he obtained one of the low-cost loans for himself, at $500,000, using half to pay off his existing home mortgage and putting the other half in a bank account. He repaid the money in October 2006. As his trial was preparing to open, he quit his position as mayor of Inglewood and agreed to a guilty plea.

He was placed on probation for two years, was fined $2,000 and was barred from ever holding public office again.


Founder Project Hope, Multi-Organisation to Fight Truancy, Inglewood, since 1983, RDM Scholarship Fund, Inglewood, 1983. President, board directors 100 Black Men, Inc., Los Angeles, 1983-1993. Member, bible teacher, local elder 1st African Methodist Episcopal Methodist Church, Los Angeles, member man-child mentoring program.

Past chairman board Los Angeles Community Sports and Arts Foundation for At Risk Youth. With United States Air Force, 1954-1958. Member American Bar Association, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (Legacy award 1995), National Bar Association, Los Angeles County Bar Association, Los Angeles Trial Lawyers Association, California District Attorneys Association, California Judges Association, California Black Lawyers and Judges Association, John M. Langston Bar Association (judges' division), Young Black Scholars (board directors), Masons (33d degree Prince Hall, Distinguished Service award 1995).


  • Other Interests

    Avocations: reading, watching old movies, travel, fishing.


Married Joyce Evelyn Glosson, July 10, 1965. Children: Bryan Keith, Renee Felicia, Rochelle Francine.