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Experience, education count

To the editor:

On Nov. 3, Jefferson County will elect a new clerk of courts for the first time in two decades. The clerk of courts plays a vital role in the service of justice to residents of Jefferson County. There are more than 310 sections of the Ohio Revised Code pertaining to the duties of the county clerk of courts. This is a responsibility that I take very seriously. I believe my prior work experiences and education make me the most qualified candidate to fill this position.

I earned a bachelor’s degree in human resources management from the University of Akron and a master’s of business administration degree from the Franciscan University of Steubenville. For the past 18 years I have worked in many courthouses across the Tri-State Area, mostly in the Jefferson County Courthouse, as a title examiner in both the real estate and oil and gas industries. This type of work includes conducting research of courthouse records, including those found in the legal division of the Jefferson County clerk of courts.

While working for Percheron Energy, I successfully managed a staff of more than 15 contractors, and I’ve gained first-hand knowledge of what it takes to lead and manage people in complex undertakings, including a multimillion-dollar title-research project across multiple courthouses. My experiences working in more than a dozen courthouses have provided me with many new perspectives and fresh ideas that I can bring to Jefferson county.

I also spent nine years teaching college-level business courses as part of the adjunct faculty at various colleges, including Eastern Gateway Community College in Steubenville. Utilizing my business background, I will work diligently to find the right balance between offering the best possible services at the lowest cost to taxpayers. If elected, customer service will always be a priority in both Steubenville and Rayland offices.

I am proud to say that I am a lifelong resident of Jefferson county. This is my attempt to serve and give back to the county I grew up in and love. I feel the combination of my professional work experiences and education are a perfect fit for the office of clerk of courts and qualify me for the position.

I hope to earn your vote and serve as your next Jefferson County Clerk of Courts.

Andrew Plesich

Steubenville

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