Clerk, sheriff change filing procedure
MOUNT VERNON — For years, the Knox County Clerk of Court’s Office completed paperwork on criminal convictions that go into a national database used in gun purchases whenever they could find the time.
“They were just thrown in a corner until someone had the time to do them,” Knox County Clerk of Courts Mary Jo Hawkins said. “Now, the focus has changed.”
Amidst a call for more timely reporting by Gov. John Kasich, Hawkins now mails in judgment entries to the Ohio Bureau of Criminal (BCI) Investigation as soon as they are filed. The entries are sent in by certified mail, Hawkins said, to ensure they are received.
The Cincinnati Inquirer published a story in February that dozens of Ohio courts took a month or more to send the paperwork. The Inquirer published a database of the courts that were contacted by BCI for late reporting, and the Knox County Clerk of Court’s Office was among them.