Longtime staffer Ruzicka seeks Talbot clerk post
EASTON — A Talbot County native and longtime staffer at the circuit court clerk’s office is seeking the top job there.
Debbie Haddaway Ruzicka is a Republican candidate for Talbot County clerk of the circuit court.
Ruzicka has worked at the clerk’s office for nearly 12 years.
She was hired in 2006 in the land records department. The duties of this department are to record land record instruments, issuing business licenses, marriage licenses, foreign marriages, military discharge papers, notary public commissions. In addition, she has been courtroom clerk for domestic and drug court, assisted the clerk in qualifying potential jurors and checking jurors in for jury trials. She also enters all invoices and submits them for approval, and answers any questions posed by the vendors regarding payments. She does requisitions and works with procurement office on purchase orders.
In 2015, she was authorized to perform civil ceremonies with an administrative order issued by the county judge. She assists the public with searching for records and maintains clerk’s website.
In 2015, Ruzicka was promoted from recordation clerk to lead worker, which entails the following: skills in applying job-related terminology, codes, policies, regulations and laws; communicating information effectively; skills in analyzing records, reports, and other business and financial documents, and noting details and facts pertinent to the audit assignment; ability to train, assign review and approve the work of others; and ability to communicate in effective, patient and tactful manners with customers and co-workers.
Ruzicka also actively coordinates with the Talbot County Finance Office, Register of Wills, Assistant Attorney General’s Office, State Department of Assessment and Taxation, State of Maryland Budget and Finance Office, Talbot County Liquor Licensing, State of Maryland Translators, judges chambers, town offices, title companies, attorney offices, Talbot County Sheriff’s Office, court officers, judicial and legislative auditors, and other clerk’s offices in Maryland.
She always has been relied on by the clerk, including assisting judiciary technicians with setting up docket board, courtroom recorder for clerk’s office staff, Hecon systems for copy buttons, Papervision for retention of records for public to view, scan MDEC files on day of implementing electronic filing of court cases, give typing tests to prospective employees, new marriage program, elicense for online applying of business licenses and the e-recording of land records for online filing of land records.
She also brought it to the clerk’s attention customers were coming in with notices to get copies of their deeds from a company trying to charge them almost $90 for a copy of their deed, when they can receive a copy from the clerk’s office for 50 cents a page, and the clerk put a notice in the newspaper to notify public.
Ruzicka has lived in Talbot County her entire life. She lives in St. Michaels with her husband Paul, and together they have five children and two grandchildren. One of her sons received his Eagle Scout, and both of her sons were and one still is a volunteer fireman. Her daughter was Little Miss St. Michaels and Little Miss Talbot County. She is a member of the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum and YMCA.
She owned Bay Country Video in St. Michaels for 10 years, and is experienced in hiring employees, record keeping, budgeting and excellent customer service.
John “Doug” Haddaway is her treasurer. He was a longtime treasurer at the St. Michaels Fire Department and just recently was inducted into the Talbot County Volunteer Fire and Rescue Association Hall of Fame. He will reach his 30th year this year in volunteering at the department.
DEBBIE HADDAWAY RUZICKA