The Lima News sent questionnaires to every candidate in races in Allen, Auglaize, Hardin, Putnam and Van Wert counties for this election section. Candidates had the opportunity to give biographical information and discuss major issues in their races. Candidates also had an option to submit a photograph. Only names and residences identify candidates who did not return a questionnaire yet. We continue to receive more questionnaires every day, so check back here soon to see the latest submitted answers.
Margie J. Miller (incumbent, appointed August 2010)
Residence: Canyon Drive, Lima
Campaign website: Murphy-Miller for Clerk of Courts on Facebook
Relevant experience: Total of 21 years in the legal system; employed 19 years at the Allen County Common Pleas Court; employed two years with Baran, Piper, Tarkowsky & Fitzgerald
Education: Paralegal from University of Northwestern Ohio in 1989
Years living in area: 21 years as an Allen County resident
Major issues: As your Clerk of Courts, it is important that I have the knowledge and experience to perform the technical duties of the office (knowledge of computer system, docketing, legal terminology) to allow the office to run efficiently for the benefit of those who use our services.†
In addition to having the required technical skill set, I am the administrator of the office, managing 21 employees within two departments, preparing departmental budgets, staying apprised of changes in the lawand overseeing the finances of the office.
I am currently working with the prosecutorís office and a collections company to begin collecting on $4 million in delinquent accounts.† This will generate revenue (at no cost to the residents of Allen County).†
Communication between county offices and with outside agencies is of the utmost importance. An open line of communication allows for feedback, both positive and negative, so that we can continue to improve on our services.†
Our title department, maintained by eight employees, is a great source of revenue for Allen County. We continue to provide excellent service in the issuance of titles for motor vehicles, watercraft, motorcycles, etc.†
My staff and I are dedicated to maintaining the highest ethical standards while providing the best public service possible to the citizens of Allen County.
David M. Winters
Residence: Primrose Place, Lima