Sandra Kurt is honored to serve Summit County residents as Clerk of Courts. Her private industry experience, public service ethic, and knowledge of County government combine to make the Clerk of Courts office work smoothly for all residents of Summit County.
Sandra has served as Clerk of Courts since January 2016. In her time as Clerk, the Legal Office has instituted electronic filing and modernized Accounting in all divisions—Civil, Domestic Relations, Criminal, and Ninth District Court of Appeals. These innovations have made it easier for customers to do their work from their office or home, wherever they have their computer or phone. The office's operations are more efficient as a result of going electronic, which reduces costs. Sandra has added weekend and evening hours to the Title Division to make it easier for residents to process their auto and boat titles and to get their Passports. Sandra has also added services such as selling County dog licenses at select Title offices. Also, Sandra is concerned about the impact of the opiate crisis in Summit County, so she has made free drug disposal bags available at all Clerk of Courts offices.
Prior to becoming Clerk of Courts, Sandra served the citizens of Summit County as an At-Large Councilwoman on Summit County Council, a position she held for five years. She was twice elected unanimously by her colleagues to serve as Vice-President of Council. Sandra chaired the Public Works committee and served as Vice-Chair of the Finance committee for her entire tenure on County Council. Prior to County Council, Sandra served on Akron City Council as the Ward 8 Councilperson.
Even with this solid record of service in the public sector, Sandra is anything but a career politician. Prior to entering politics a decade ago, Sandra had a full and rewarding career using her Industrial Engineering knowledge at a global manufacturing company headquartered in Akron. Sandra's private sector experience ranged from project management to process improvement, developing and managing the corporate capital plan, and helping to develop an electronic solution for planning and executing plant projects along with managing the associated capital expenditures.
Sandra is a graduate of Iowa State University with a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering. In June of 2015, Sandra was awarded a certificate of completion for the Senior Executives in State and Local Government program, Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Executive Education.
Sandra volunteers her time serving local organizations doing important work to better the community. She is a member of the Advisory Council for the Harry Donovan Jr. Valor Home of Summit County. Valor Home is a transitional housing program for homeless male veterans, helping residents through structured and engaging therapies such as art, music, and life skills therapy, staffed with support workers offering advocacy and encouragement to their residents. Sandra also serves on the board of the Friends of Metro Parks, a non-profit organization that supports and encourages public enjoyment of Summit Metro Parks through membership, outreach, and advocacy. Sandra also enjoyed serving on the Akron Pride Festival committee for the inaugural three years of the festival.
Sandra is a member of the Sierra Club, the League of Women Voters of the Akron Area, and a lifetime member of the NAACP. An avid bicyclist, she has been a regular participant in the Towpath Century Ride, riding the full 101-mile length of the Towpath over two days and raising funds for the Ohio and Erie Canalway Towpath Trail. When not bicycling, Sandra can often be found walking Kennebec, her Shih Tzu rescue, in Summit County's gorgeous Metro Parks.