Cindy A. Hofner
Wood County Clerk of Court
Cindy began her career in the Wood County Clerk of Courts office in 1976 serving as a Deputy Clerk.
At that time her main responsibilities were performing case management duties which included reviewing, interpreting, and summarizing motions, pleadings and court orders received in the Clerk of Courts office. You must remember that there was no automation in the office at that time, and everything had to be physically typed on three different records in order to follow the Ohio Revised Code—the Clerk’s docket, the judge’s docket and in a journal book.
Prior to Cindy being elected as the Clerk of Courts of Wood County Common Pleas, she worked under the direction of the following Clerks: Floyd E. LeGalley, Earl L. Rife, Betty J. Haas and Rebecca E. Bhaer.
In 1993, Cindy was appointed Chief Deputy Clerk of Courts by then Clerk Bhaer. She became responsible for many aspects of the Legal office in the Clerk’s absence including providing excellent customer service on a daily basis, training of new employees, providing direction to the employees on the changes of law, procedures, and regulations that affected both the legal and title office, and knowing aspects of Human Resources that pertains to the Clerk of Courts employees. She also assisted in employee hiring and participated in the yearly budgetary process including the strategic five-year planning for the office.
Cindy attended various trainings offered by the Ohio Supreme Court, the Ohio Clerk of Courts Association, U.S. Department of State-Passport Office, Ohio BMV, and any other applicable trainings.
During this time, Cindy assisted in moving the office into the digital world, working along with Clerk Bhaer and her co-workers scanning documents into electronic format. Initially the process began as “day forward” as documents were received in the office. This process allowed the clerks and the courts access to the documents timelier; and most importantly allowing multiple persons to view the document at the same time, unlike paper documents ever allowed the court system.
In 2008, Clerk Bhaer, indicated that she was retiring and Cindy decided that she was ready to take the next step in her career and ran for the position of the Elected Clerk.
Cindy was elected and began her tenure as the Clerk of Courts in January, 2009.
During Cindy’s tenure as Clerk she has been instrumental in moving forward with additional technology in the office which has assisted staff in becoming more efficient with their procedures and providing the many users of the office, including practicing attorneys, title searchers and the general public, access to both the images and the court’s docket on the Clerk of Courts public website.
Soon after being elected clerk, Cindy became very involved with the Ohio Clerk of Courts Association thus, being elected by her peers to become President to lead the association in year 2015. Cindy served on many committees within the association such as Co-Chair of the Education Committee which is responsible for providing at least one hour of education each and every month to all clerk’s that participate; served on the Title Committee which provided direction to bring a new state-wide titling system in 2017; served on the Legislative Committee and the Executive Committee for several years, as well as several other smaller committees.
Cindy worked with her peers through the association along with the staff of the Ohio Attorney General’s Office to bring more efficient operations in processing tax liens, which was an “all paper process” to now allow all Clerk’s office to receive them in an electronic format; a collections process, which has assisted in collecting hundreds of thousands of dollars to benefit the local agencies along with the general fund of the counties; ability to submit criminal dispositions to B.C.I electronically instead via paper; and a few other processes. These changes assisted staff to use technology to our advantage, for not only Wood County but also all county Clerk of Courts offices in the State of Ohio. These collaborations showed that Local Courts along with the State offices could bring change together.
Cindy continues to attend all monthly O.C.C.A. meetings in order to receive updates on all legislative changes pertaining to the Clerk’s offices and to participate in monthly education opportunities that are provided.
Under Cindy’s leadership the office continues to move forward in technology with the most recent accomplishment (March, 2019) involved moving the staff of the Clerk of Courts along with Court personnel and all attorneys which practice in Wood County Common Pleas Court, into electronic filing (e-filing) within the civil and domestic relations division of the office.
Cindy serves as a member of the Data Processing Board and the Records Commission for Wood County by statute.
Cindy also serves on the Ohio Historical Records Advisory Board (OHRAB) on behalf of the O.C.C.O. and as a Governor’s Appointee.
In the community, Cindy has been very active with Scouting in Wood County including as Committee Chair for Cub Scout Pack #325; served in many leadership roles and committee’s with the local Girl Scout Council. She is a member of Bowling Green Kiwanis Club and a member of the Calvary United Methodist Church, Tontogany, OH, where she serves as the Church committee chairperson.