Long­time staffer Ruz­icka seeks Tal­bot clerk post

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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.


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