Can you name your Clerk of Court? Many residents are unaware of who their clerk is and what function she or he performs. Many municipalities have appointed clerks, but the Rocky River Clerk of Court is an elected position.
I am currently serving the citizens of Cuyahoga County as an assistant bailiff in the courtroom of the Honorable Judge Kristin W. Sweeney. It is in this capacity that I have learned just how vital the clerk position is to the operation of the court. A wrong order could result in garnishment of wages or liens on property or assets. Untimely-filed documents could result in dismissals of important cases. These are issues that most people don’t think about until they are directly affected. These are issues that are important to me.
I want to be the Rocky River Clerk of Court who makes your experience with the court as simple and painless as possible. I want to be trusted to process and archive all court records in accordance with the requirements established by the Supreme Court of Ohio. The citizens must trust me to be fiscally responsible to the communities.
I also am inspired by the constant changing of technology. I would like to research available grants and funding for smartphone applications that put court information at your fingertips as well as payment options using the swiping of a card immediately when issued your ticket. Someone that receives a waiverable ticket can pay it instantly and keep moving.
Lastly, I want to be visible. I want the citizens to know who I am. I don’t want them to see me only at election time. I want them to see me throughout the year - making an impact, volunteering my time and services, and giving back. Sharing in the concerns and helping in the improvements for all the residents and users of the court is my inspiration. With the voters help … I CAN.
Jeanne Gallagher is the mother of two beautiful daughters, a resident of Rocky River, and a candidate for the Rocky River Municipal Clerk of Court.