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Lucas County Clerk of the Court of Common Pleas

Responsibilities: To enter judgments and collect court costs for appellate and common pleas courts, and also to issue and transfer automobile and water craft certificates of title.4 Year Term

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  • Donald Grames Jr.

  • Bernie Quilter

Biographical Information

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Education University of Toledo BA Political science Major
Campaign Phone (419) 450-0174
I have held the office of Lucas County Clerk of Courts since April of 1999. I have made many important changes to the office since becoming Clerk. The clerk's office offers "On line Portals" for making payment on court cost and court ordered restitution. We have instituted E-filing for the filing of court documents. There is an "On Line Dockets" module for searching of court cases.

I'm past President of the Ohio Clerk of Courts Association which represents all 88 Ohio Counties and past President of the Ohio Council of County Officials which represents all County offices in the 88 Counties. I also was appointed by Chief Justice, Thomas Moyer to the Ohio Supreme Court Rules of Superintendence in 2004.

I worked with the Lucas county Sheriff in establishing an "After Hours Bail Program" to reduce the overcrowding of the Jail.

I enjoy my position as an elected Clerk of Courts of the Common Pleas and look forward to continuing to represent all the citizens in Lucas County.
The single most important priority for the next four years is the purchase and implementation of a Case management System that will be shared by all the courts, including the General Trial Division, Domestic Relations Division and Juvenile Court. Currently, each court has its own separate system. By incorporating all the courts into one system, information can be acquired and shared by all and in real time. This will also save significantly on maintenance contracts providing Lucas County with cost savings.

The Clerk of Courts will continue to operate four Auto Title locations providing citizens with convenience and ease of obtaining auto titles and Passports.