Mack to bring management experience to muni court PDF Print E-mail
Written by PETER KUEBECK Sentinel Staff Writer   
Thursday, 17 October 2013 10:57
Molly Mack (Photo provided)
LIME CITY – With a background that’s taken her behind the scenes of the judicial world, Molly Mack seeks to bring her management experience to the Perrysburg Municipal Court.
Mack, of Perrysburg Township, is the Republican candidate for the seat, which has become open for the first time in more than 20 years with the announced retirement of Judge Dwight Osterud. She defeated two other candidates, Aram Ohanian and Drew Griffith, in a GOP primary race earlier this year.
The jurisdiction of the court covers much of northern Wood County.
“Management is a large component that a municipal court judge will do on a daily basis,” said Mack. “I think people look at a judge only in their capacity on the bench, but behind the scenes they’re a manager, they’re a mentor, they’re a fiscal officer, they’re a supervisor.”
Mack, who has been with the Wood County Prosecutor’s civil division for the past nine years – serving as Chief Assistant Prosecutor there since 2009 – said working in that office has already gained her the experience she needs to serve on the bench. 
“It’s a good transition and I feel quite confident to take on the responsibility of a judge.”
Mack began her legal career as staff attorney with the late U.S. District Court Judge John Potter, where she worked to manage the court’s dockets, and researched and managed the court’s opinions. She later went into private practice with Toledo law firms Spengler Nathanson and Arnold & Caruso, where she handled a wide range of civil litigation matters, as well as attorney ethics and disciplinary violations cases in municipal, common pleas, and federal courts.
Now, in her capacity with the Prosecutor’s Office’s civil division, she represents county offices, school boards, a correctional institution, and other officials.
“We handle a myriad of cases with those entities,” she said. “We take whoever walks through the door. We don’t have the luxury of picking our clients. And I think some of those cases are very difficult,” including foreclosures.
Mack said that among the ideas she would bring with her to the bench would be to review the Perrysburg Municipal Court’s policies and procedures, to see if they can be improved or can be left as is.
“Certainly we don’t want to fix what’s not broken.”
Additionally, she said that with retirement of the court’s clerk of courts, and the impending retirement of another staff member “there will be a need to review those positions and fill them with competent people in the most economical manner.”
Further, if elected she would like to work on streamlining procedures with local law enforcement officers – including the Wood County Sheriff’s Office and the Ohio Highway Patrol, among others – that deal with the Perrysburg and Bowling Green Municipal Courts, so that the two courts are consistent.
“Most people, if they have any experience with a judge and the judicial process, unless they’re going through a divorce, would be going to the municipal court. It is the people’s court, it is a very active court. There were over 11,000 cases handled” by the single-judge court in 2012.
“The judge is a community leader,” said Mack. “The judge is a fiscal officer. I think the judge needs to be accessible to the community.”
“They need to take on a quiet leadership role.”
Last Updated on Thursday, 17 October 2013 11:03

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