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Kenton County Circuit Clerk

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    John C. Middleton

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Campaign Phone (859) 760-0245
Age 50
City/town Erlanger Kentucky
Education/Degrees University of Kentucky- BA History & Political Science NKU Chase College of Law- JD
Community Involvement Past Board President Redwood Rehabilitation Center, Past President NKY Board American Heart Association, St. Elizabeth Medical Center- Planned Gifts Committee, Salvation Army Volunteer
Campaign Message Continue to the progress towards creating a complete electronic record while providing exceptional customer service.
I want to continue the progress we have made towards using technology to better serve the citizens of Kenton County. The Kenton Circuit Clerk's office has served as a pilot county for many E technologies as the Ky Court of Justice moves toward a complete electronic record. I have served as State-wide President of the Ky Association of Circuit Court Clerks during the last legislative session- one of the most successful budget years in recent memory. I will continue to work with state leaders to provide the resources to serve the citizens of Kenton County. I have worked to instill a positive customer service oriented work force that is efficient and effective. My team has worked on efficiencies that has saved the taxpayers money. I was appointed by the Chief Justice as the Circuit Clerk representative on a state wide committee studying Civil Justice Reform to make the courts more efficient.
I am running unopposed so I am the only candidate! I have served as Circuit Clerk since 2007, so I have the experience to get the job done. I have have been a state wide leader in a number of initiatives that have not only benefited Kenton County, but the Commonwealth as a whole. I served as State President of the Ky Assoc.of Circuit Court Clerks during the last legislative session that saw salary increases for all Court of Justice personnel, which will allow us to remain competitive with other branches of government. This will help us to hire and retain deputy clerks who can serve the citizens. I have worked to instill a customer service oriented atmosphere to make government more efficient, effective and friendly. Just because we are a captive audience, does not mean that we shouldn't provide the same level of customer service as a for profit business. I would like to thank the citizens for the trust they have put in me and look forward to serving another term.
As an essential government service we are unable to cut any services. That does not mean that we can not be more efficient in providing those services. I am working with the Administrative Offices of the Courts, the General Assembly and the Supreme Court to fully implement an electronic record that will provide efficiencies in how we provide these vital services.
The Kentucky Court of Justice generally and the Circuit Clerk offices specifically are not fee based offices, meaning we have NO control over fees or taxes. I am in favor of getting reminders for drivers license renewals out to the citizens. Since the Department of Transportation unilaterally decided to stop sending out reminder post cards, we have seen an increase in the number of citizens with expired licenses, both in our drivers license offices and the courts.
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