Candidate for Clerk of the Elyria Municipal Court

My name is Mike Musto, and I am committed to making efficiencies and improvements to the criminal justice process.

Elyria Municipal Court has jurisdiction in the Cities of Elyria and North Ridgeville, the Villages of Grafton and LaGrange, and the Townships of Carlisle, Columbia, Eaton, Elyria, Grafton and Lagrange.

Dear citizens of Elyria, North Ridgeville, Grafton, Lagrange, and the surrounding townships

I am excited to announce my candidacy for the position of Elyria Municipal Clerk of Court. My name is Mike Musto, and I am committed to making necessary efficiencies and improvements to the criminal justice system.

As a 32 year citizen of Lorain County, I strongly support the rights of all individuals. I believe it is the clerk’s responsibility to ensure that the criminal justice system is efficient, operational and accessible for everyone. We need a system that works for both victims and the accused. That is why I am running for this important position.

I believe that the criminal justice process should be streamlined so that the processes of the court work in harmony with law enforcement, attorneys, victims as well as the financial interests of the taxpayer. Increased efficiencies between our court and our local jails will help reduce the burden on our criminal justice system and improve social service offerings to victims and offenders. To achieve this, I will work closely with the various mental health and social service agencies to get offenders the resources they need to help reduce the repetition of criminal behavior. We need to address the underlying issues that lead to criminal behavior and provide support and guidance to those who need it most. Additionally, victims and victim advocates need improved communication with the court to ensure they are advised of every step in the criminal justice process.

As your Municipal Clerk of Courts, I will be dedicated to making positive changes in our community. I will work tirelessly to ensure that the criminal justice system is fair, just, and effective for all.

I ask for your support in this important election. Let’s work together to make our community a better place for everyone.

Court Clerk Responsibilities

Here are examples of responsibilities from real court clerk resumes representing typical tasks they are likely to perform in their roles.

  • Manage operations and LAN (local area network), plus data interchange with other agencies.
  • Receive and record payments of fees or fines, process notary commissions, order files and purge old files for achieves.
  • Answer public inquiries in terms of judicial proceedings, trial dates and witness fees along with preparing probation orders and summonses.
  • Maintain report for NCIC reports.
  • Count ballots and sign summons when necessary.
  • Handle daily operations of filing child support summons.
  • Take payments and assist customers at front windows.
  • Draft or proofread judicial opinions, decisions, or citations.
  • Recommend the scheduling of probate hearings if issues require judge’s intervention.
  • Proofread legal documents prior to submitting for judge’s signature, filing and mailing.
  • Process files in probate, child protection, conciliation, criminal, juvenile, civil and family cases.
  • Accept payments for fines and bonds from overnight jail defendants and from the counter as needed and report as balanced.
  • Sign and file warrants, subpoenas, and all documents with attorneys and the judges’ chambers from the court rooms.
  • Prepare subpoenas and process all case dispositions including sentencing hearings.
  • Assist public in complaint/intake forms, magistrate appeals & extradition documentation.

About Mike Musto

I have lived in Lorain County for over 32 years. Columbia Station for 25 years, Lorain two years and North Ridgeville for 5 years.

I have been involved in politics for over 13 years. I served as a Columbia Township Trustee for 12 years. I served as the chairman of the board in 4 of the 12 years as trustee. I was elected president of the Northeast Ohio Township Association for two terms. Secretary of the Lorain County Trustee Association. Treasurer of the Lorain County Community Alliance, Treasurer of the Lorain County Republican Party. During that time, I have had the pleasure of working with many elected officials from Congressmen, State Representatives, Senators, Commissioners, prosecutors’ office, Attorneys, County engineers and more.

I started my business career 49 years ago. I have owned multiple businesses and have guided over 150 employees. Five of the businesses were in Lorain County. My wife and I currently own Lilac Thyme Stables in Columbia.

Being clerk of courts, it is important to have interpersonal skill to be able to work with many different people and be diverse in many areas and decisions. The goal that I had was to help employees be the best that they can be. One person cannot do everything. To be successful it takes many people working together.

I look at the clerk of court job as an opportunity to bring people and agencies together. It is imperative to keep accurate records and process all paperwork quickly and efficiently. In my opinion this position deals with people’s lives and families and should not be taken for granted.

I have attended LCCC and worked on accounting and business classes.

My pledge to you is to perform the duties of the Clerk with professionalism and to put in the hours needed.

Family

Mike and Cindy celebrated their 48th year anniversary in February 2023. We have two wonderful children and 4 grandchildren. My children are successful in business and the nursing field. My son in law is very successful electrician and my future son in law is an attorney and firefighter and will be entering the family this summer. I am taking care of my father and mother. Dad is a WWII veteran. I am very proud of my family.

“I look at the clerk of court job as an opportunity to bring people and agencies together. It is imperative to keep accurate records and process all paperwork quickly and efficiently. In my opinion this position deals with people’s lives and families and should not be taken for granted.”