MOUNT VERNON — Proud of the progress made in both Knox County Government offices managed by the Clerk of Courts and optimistic about its future, Knox County Clerk of Courts Mary Jo Hawkins, has announced she will see re-election in the November 2012 election to the office she has held since 1999.
“I look forward to my re-election as an opportunity to share with Knox County what I believe is a solid record of accomplishments, and to share my vision for the next four years,” Hawkins said.
Among the accomplishments Hawkins is eager to discuss are completion of the major remodel project at the Knox County License Bureau and Automobile Title Office; office budgets; upgrade of software in the legal office; delinquent collections, disaster planning, retention schedules for court records and maintaining a high level of customer service.
“I am particularly proud that Knox County has been able to move forward on many of these projects and sustain basic services to its citizens, during an economic crisis that severely stressed so many other counties in our region,” said Hawkins. “We are blessed with knowledgeable and hard working personnel in every department, as well as dedicated leadership in county government.”
Hawkins most recently was presented with the Ohio Clerks annual education award in recognition for attendance of the Ohio Clerk of Courts Association Education Programs through 2011. The education seminars are held in conjunction with the Ohio Clerk of Courts Association monthly meetings.
The Supreme Court of Ohio is now offering educational opportunities for professional development for Ohio court leaders through their Court Management Program. Hawkins is very pleased to announce that she has been accepted to attend the next class, beginning in the spring of 2012. “This is a certification program available through the National Center for State Courts Institute for Court Management. This program addresses specific training needs for court managers. The program is a three-year commitment for a limited number of people working in court leadership positions and I am very privileged to have been accepted into this class.”