OTTAWA — Kim Redman has served as interim Putnam County Clerk of Courts since Jan. 2, filling the vacancy left by Teresa Lammers whose last day was Dec. 31 after retiring.
Putnam County Commissioners signed a resolution Dec. 18 appointing Redman to the position. The Democratic Central Committee will vote Monday night on her filling the remained of Lammers’ position until the end of 2020. Lammers served as clerk for 15 years.
Redman was hired by Lammers in 2007 and started in the title department performing that job for 2 years.
She was then asked if she wanted to move to the municipal court department and she was the assignment clerk. Her duties were to schedule the court’s documents and work with judges and attorneys calendars getting pre-trials set up. She also managed the court appointments.
The clerk of courts responsibilities are to oversee the municipal court, common pleas, court of appeals and the title office where titles are issued and passport applications are processed.
“Teresa had indicated she was retiring and she asked if anyone was interested, and I was,” Redman said.
She said she enjoys working with the other employees and said that is a blessing.
“We are basically the keeper of court records,” Redman said. She provided examples of records such as traffic tickets, divorces and criminal charges.
The office is important because everything by law is facilitated through the courts, according to Redman.
“It is our responsibility to make sure people are treated fairly,” Redman said.
She said to be able to assist people there needs to be a knowledge of the job and her previous experience of working at the courthouse will help with that, according to Redman.
Redman said Lammers was a great clerk of the courts and that Redman has big shoes to fill stepping into Lammers’ position.
“I would like to carry on the great work that Teresa has done. This is year-end time, so it is a lot of budgetary information and reports that need to be filed,” Redman said. Compliances are filed with the Supreme Court and Bureau of Motor Vehicles.
The courthouse is a focal point of the county and for people to be treated fairly there is a justice system, Redman said.
Redman is married to Ken and they have a daughter, Elsa, 20. She was born and raised in Putnam County and returned in 2001 with her husband and child.
The office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Reach Jennifer Peryam at 567-242-0362.