By Jeff Gallatin
North Olmsted’s recently selected clerk of court for the new Mayor’s Court slated to start in January is ready to design it from the ground up.
Mayor Kevin Kennedy announced last week that Kathi Cole will be the clerk of courts for North Olmsted. She has served as clerk of court for Boston Heights since 2005. She has given notice at Boston Heights and will officially begin her job in North Olmsted on Nov. 19, but has already met with city officials on getting preparations underway for the fledgling mayor’s court.
Cole, who has a bachelor’s degree in design from Bowling Green State University, said she’s eager to get the new court underway.
“It’s one of the reasons I took the job,” she said. “I like the challenge of getting a new court set up.”
Kennedy said he’s pleased to have Cole coming to the city.
“It’s great having someone who has experience with this type of system,” he said. “She clearly was the best candidate among the people we interviewed.”
Kennedy said the city received about 25 resumes, picked five finalists for interviews and then made the selection.
“It’s a good sign that we got a lot of interest for this,” he said.
Cole said her experience as clerk of the Boston Heights mayor court will assist her in getting North Olmsted’s ready, but noted some of her other experiences, such as being a senior designer in facilities management and support for BP America at its downtown Cleveland office from 1998-2004 will also be a benefit.
“I had to manage different space and people as well as work with budgets and different facilities,” she said. “Even my experience with design work will help on setting up structure for an organization and making sure things can run properly.”
Cole said she began to work part-time in courts when she was self-employed before taking the Boston Heights job full time. Her salary in North Olmsted will be about $51,000.
With the clerk of court, hired, Kennedy said he is working on finding a magistrate to hear cases as well as other aspects of getting the new court ready.
“We want to do this the right way,” he said. “We’ll make an announcement on the magistrate as soon as we have someone ready. We want to be ready to go in 2013.”