Due to the fact that there are no Democrat Candidates in the Clerk of Courts and Sheriff race, the March 15 primary will be the only opportunity for voters to cast their ballot for officials in several races.

Clerk of Courts

Both candidates in for the Morrow County Clerk of Courts office have a variety of experience in both business and management. The Clerk of Courts enters all reports, verdicts, orders, judgements and proceedings of the court. The office also receives and collects all fees, fines, costs, penalties and bails for the court. The Clerk of Courts manages the County Title Dept.

Kim Bood

Bood is a graduate of Ashland University with a Bachelors’ of Business Administration and a major in accounting. She is a Certified Public Accountant with an Ohio Certificate. She has been employed by Candlewood Lake Association for the past 10 years as Finance Director, Board Treasurer and Office Manager. She managed a $1.5 million dollar budget at Candlewood.

Bood would like to “bring improved customer service to the Clerk of Courts Office.” She would also like to improve service in the office by initiating auto deposit and electronic filing.

Bood pledges to be a full-time Clerk of Courts official.

Vanessa Mills

Vanessa Mills is the current Clerk of Courts. She spoke of her initiative to bring car title money to Morrow County, which increased the revenue from zero balance in 2009 to $165,000 to carry over into 2016. She brought delinquent filings up-to-date within her first year in office. She plans to begin a system of electronic filing in the future.

Mills worked as Office Manager for Dr. Brian Bachelder for 24 years before she held office as Clerk of Courts.

Morrow County Sheriff

Both candidates have many years of experience in law enforcement.

Tom Cronenwett

Cronenwett is a graduate of the North Central State College Police Academy. He has 22 years of experience in law enforcement with 19 years at the Mount Gilead Police Department. He advanced from part-time officer in 1994 to full-time officer in 1996 and was promoted to sergeant in 2003.

Cronenwett is a Department instructor in firearms, speed enforcement, O.V.I. enforcement, subject control as well as tactical training. He is a Canine handler since 2010 and currently assists with police canine training for the City of Mansfield and Storm Dog Tactical in Sunbary. He states his “Core Values” as professionalism in maintaining high personal standards, showing leadership, integrity and respect in accepting diversity and appreciating the efforts of others.

John Hinton

Hinton is a Northmor High School Graduate and graduate of the Marion Law Enforcement Academy. He has served 17 years in law enforcement with 13 years at the Morrow County Sheriff’s office. Hinton was an Alaska State Trooper for several years before returning home to Morrow County. Hinton has been the Chief of Police in Cardington for the past three years.

Hinton stated that he is especially concerned with drug related crime and noted that as much as 84 percent of crime is drug related. It is his goal to work with other law enforcement agencies as much as possible in fighting crime.

By Alberta Stojkovic

The Sentinel