New clerk of courts is Ted Kalo
The former Lorain County Commissioner was chosen by Lorain City Democratic Party
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.