To the Editor: Retired bailiff backs Griffith for judge
Written by Douglas C. Spencer   
Tuesday, 30 April 2013 09:25
As the Chief Bailiff/Probation Officer of Perrysburg Municipal Court from 2001 to 2012, I endorse C. Drew Griffith for Perrysburg Municipal Court Judge. A municipal court handles a very heavy volume of traffic, criminal and civil cases. In Perrysburg Court, traffic and criminal arraignments are held every day, but mainly Tuesday afternoons and Friday mornings. Although defendants are given a court date, court personnel do not know for sure who is going to show up until court time. Especially after a holiday, there can be numerous cases in addition to the daily court docket schedule. All of those cases must be handled in a timely manner. This is where Drew's experience for over eight years as Northwood Mayor's Court Magistrate and as a private practicing attorney is indispensable. Drew can step in as judge from Day One and have the court continue to operate in an efficient manner. In my opinion, none of the other candidates can.
Drew has the knowledge of current sentencing guidelines and requirements and knows what treatment programs and services are available. An offense such as OVI (Operating Vehicle while Impaired) has minimum- mandatory fines or incarceration terms that must be imposed. Drew has that knowledge, having represented defendants in all area municipal courts. Perrysburg Court has seen times with visiting judges were not aware of those requirements, being otherwise very qualified, but having not presided or practiced in a municipal court setting. This in turn slows the court's docket to a crawl.
All the candidates have the knowledge of the law, but not all are practicing attorneys in several municipal courts and a sitting magistrate. All aspects of being a judge should be considered. Those who just practice only in a particular setting do not have the full knowledge to be judge. Drew is the only candidate with the needed expertise and experience to be our next judge.
All defendants want their court case handled in an efficient and timely manner, as do the attorneys who practice in Perrysburg Municipal Court. Drew Griffith has the most experience and practical knowledge, and deserves your vote for Judge, Perrysburg Municipal Court.     
Douglas C. Spencer

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