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About the Clerk

Maryellen O'Shaughnessy began her term as Franklin County Clerk of Common Pleas Court in January 2009. In 2012, Clerk O'Shaughnessy ran unopposed for her second term in office, and received the highest level of votes in all county races.

As Clerk of Courts, O'Shaughnessy is committed to providing timely, accurate and courteous service. The Clerk's office is the largest operation of its kind in Ohio. She oversees a vast system of records, a staff of 218, and a 2012 budget of $14 million. She has worked hard to improve turnaround time and boost transparency by applying advances in technology.

O'Shaughnessy provides the leadership necessary to guide the Clerk's office as it transitions from traditional paper filings to E-filing (electronic process.) E-filing enabled the legal community to file CIVIL court documents beginning in October, 2011. In summer of 2012, Domestic cases will transition to E-filing during several phases. Clerk O'Shaughnessy began making court documents available online in her first year as Clerk. In addition, she has prepared the Civil and Criminal divisions to combine as the General Division.

During her first term in office, Clerk O'Shaughnessy was responsible for the successful relocation of Auto Title East's office to BMV's Alum Creek Service Center. The addition of Auto Title services at this facility provides greater value, convenience and benefit for residents throughout the area and county. The additional service also brings this eastside facility closer to a full-service, vehicular licensing center.

This Clerk continues her work to establish a professional atmosphere, and provides front line staff with the tools, structure, and resources to be document management specialists. She stresses the importance of training, professional advancement, and best practices, in order to provide Franklin County's residents with the highest level of public service.

Prior to serving as Clerk, O'Shaughnessy was elected three times as a Columbus City Council Member, representing the 15th largest city in the nation. She was committed to providing excellent services, listening to neighborhood concerns, and providing the resources necessary to keep her community thriving. She served as chair of the Public Service and Transportation, Utilities, and Development committees, working for sustainable development and growth practices, complete streets policies and balanced transportation systems, and the redevelopment of Downtown Columbus and its core neighborhoods.

O'Shaughnessy is a fifth-generation Central Ohioan, and comes from a family dedicated to public service. She is also a fourth-generation funeral director and owner of O'Shaughnessy Company Funeral Directors, established in 1889.

A graduate of Bishop Watterson High School and The Ohio State University, O'Shaughnessy is an active volunteer in her church and parish, and is past recipient of the Diocesan Service Award.

O'Shaughnessy is also involved in the Ohio Clerk of Courts Association and the Ohio Funeral Directors Association, sitting on their legislative committees. She is on the boards of the Columbus Historical Society, the Greenways Working Group of the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission, and Consider Biking.