New clerk of courts is Ted Kalo

The for­mer Lo­rain County Com­mis­sioner was cho­sen by Lo­rain City Demo­cratic Party

The Morning Journal (Lorain, OH) - - FRONT PAGE - By Bri­ana Con­tr­eras bcon­tr­[email protected]­ingjour­nal.com @MJ_B­con­tr­eras on Twit­ter

The Lo­rain City Demo­cratic Party se­lected a new clerk of Lo­rain Mu­nic­i­pal Court on Jan. 13 by a vote fa­vor­ing now for­mer county com­mis­sioner Ted Kalo.

Kalo was sworn-in in front of a full house at Coun­cil Cham­bers of Lo­rain City Hall after win­ning the vote over Lo­rain Mu­nic­i­pal Court Deputy Clerk Jeff Bearer.

He will be­gin serv­ing in the po­si­tion which was for­mally held by Lori Maio­rana, im­me­di­ately.

Maio­rana re­tired after about 14 years of ser­vice, Kalo said.

Kalo will hold the po­si­tion through the re­main­der of her term un­til it ex­pires Dec. 31, or if any other can­di­dates are voted in through pri­mary elec­tion in May or Gen­eral elec­tion in Novem­ber.

“I will now be the in­cum­bent tak­ing of­fice to­mor­row morn­ing, sub­mit­ting my res­ig­na­tion to the com­mis­sion and then I will be on the bal­lot in May and hope­fully go­ing for­ward from there,” Kalo said.

“...I’m ex­cited to be back in Lo­rain do­ing what I do.”

— New Lo­rain Clerk of Courts Ted Kalo

“I’m look­ing for ev­ery­one’s sup­port and I’m ex­cited to be back in Lo­rain do­ing what I do. There will be great things for the of­fice.”

He said with his ex­pe­ri­ence in manag­ing, he’s look­ing for­ward to over­see­ing im­ple­men­ta­tion of new soft­ware

sys­tems for the city.

The clerk po­si­tion is not only in charge of record­ing all paper work, but col­lect­ing rev­enue from fines and court costs, he said.

These funds are a sig­nif­i­cant amount of money that not only pay for the crim­i­nal jus­tice sys­tem, but helps pay for lo­cal po­lice, and fire ser­vices, Kalo said.

“My pri­or­ity is that we’re go­ing to start col­lect­ing the rev­enue ag­gres­sively,” he said.

Now his for­mer po­si­tion as county com­mis­sioner will be open and a meet­ing will be held to fill the va­cancy.

The next step is for the Demo­cratic Precinct Cen­tral Com­mit­tee, which is made of Lo­rain, Sh­effield Lake and Sh­effield Town­ship, to meet in the fu­ture to fill in the po­si­tion, ac­cord­ing to Chair­man of Lo­rain County, An­thony B. Giar­dini.

Thirty-five of the 43 Lo­rain precinct mem­bers voted Sun­day night for the two run­ning and nom­i­nated can­di­dates: Kalo and Bearer.

The vote was a writ­ten vote, which later showed Kalo hav­ing ma­jor­ity of them.

Lo­rain as­sis­tant law di­rec­tor Mal­lory Holmes San­ti­ago also was in the run­ning, but was nei­ther nom­i­nated by the city’s com­mit­tee nor in at­ten­dance.

Lo­rain com­mit­tee mem­bers Dotti Wash­ing­ton nom­i­nated Kalo and Harry Wil­liamson

nom­i­nated Bearer to each be in can­di­dacy for the night’s vote.

Kalo said by Feb. 6 or 7 any­one can be on the May bal­lot for the clerk of court po­si­tion.

Bearer said he is now fo­cused on cam­paign­ing for the po­si­tion be­fore the pri­mary elec­tion.

He said if he is elected, he plans for nec­es­sary changes and up­grades in the of­fice through tech­ni­cal sup­port.

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