Mackin touts experience as lawyer and city councilman PDF Print E-mail
Written by PETER KUEBECK Sentinel Staff Writer   
Thursday, 17 October 2013 11:01
Tom Mackin (Photo provided)
PERRYSBURG – Tom Mackin looks to bring experience earned through his background both as a lawyer and a city councilman to the post of Perrysburg Municipal Court Judge.
Mackin, of Perrysburg, is running as an independent in the race.
He said that during his “24-year legal career, I have practiced in municipal courts throughout Ohio, and I’m familiar with the broad range of cases that the court handles. So I think it’s very important that the next judge have experience handling the cases that a municipal court handles. And I think my experience best qualifies me to do that.”
A lawyer with the Munger Company, LPA, Mackin has also served as a Perrysburg City Councilman since 1998 and chairs its Finance Committee. He also sits on the Planning and Zoning, and Appointment Review committees.
As Finance Committee chair, Mackin noted he has helped the Perrysburg Municipal Court manage its $1.8 million budget, as well as its 15 full-time and 10 part-time employees.
“I think that that record of experience will help me from the start know the operations of the court, know how the money’s spent, and he able to make sure that the court’s history of fiscal responsibility continues.”
Mackin also chairs the Finance Committee of the Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Governments, and serves on its Board of Trustees and Executive Committee.
“My activity in the community and on council show that I have the right temperament to be a good judge. I am knowledgeable but listen, think independently and make decisions based on the facts present.”
Regarding his ideas for the court, Mackin noted the importance “for everybody who comes into the court to have some sense of continuity. Judge Osterud has done a great job for 24 years. I think continuity will be important going forward for the next judge. If I am the next judge, a lot of the policies that worked will be continued.”
He pointed out that, in the wake of a retirement, a new clerk of courts will have to be hired.
“I think it’s important to hire the right person to manage the court’s staff and the court’s operations with the judge. That’s a very big part of what the judge does and I think we have some good ideas on how we’d like to do that, who we’d like to have come and do that.”
Mackin also favors restarting volunteer programs regarding probation and mediations as “they were both an outreach to the community and helped the process of monitoring cases” and, as volunteer services, could be operated at no cost.
He also favors technological advances that could help police and law enforcement outside of Perrysburg be more efficient in their dealings with the court, including case updates “so they have more updated information about whether their case is going forward” and wouldn’t have to come to the court needlessly.
“The judge is a very important position in the community because one of the foundations of the community is (that) the legal system works, that it’s fair and impartial,” Mackin said, “and that everyone who comes before the court, regardless of their status, is treated correctly and they’re given an opportunity to be heard.”
“That function is part of the core of the court’s business. That’s what it has to do.”

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