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About the Clerk

Maryellen O’Shaughnessy was elected Clerk of Franklin County Common Pleas Court and 10th District Court of Appeals in November 2008. Clerk O’Shaughnessy ran unopposed for her second four year term, beginning January 2013.

As Clerk of Courts, O'Shaughnessy is committed to providing timely, accurate and courteous service. The Franklin County Clerk's office is the largest operation of its kind in Ohio, with a budget of about $14 million. The Clerk oversees a vast system of records and a staff of more than 215 Deputies located in 10 different offices throughout Central Ohio.

O'Shaughnessy provides the leadership necessary to guide the Clerk's five legal divisions as the office applies new technologies to managing court documents. She oversaw the three-year transition from traditional paper filings to a comprehensive e-Filing system for court documents, and began making case information available online in her first year as Clerk. According to the National Center for State Courts, Franklin County is the only court system east of the Mississippi with e-Filing in Appeals, Civil, Criminal, Domestic and Juvenile divisions.

The Clerk’s webpage,, receives more than 75,000 visitors monthly. The Clerk’s YouTube page has about 200 subscribers and more than 7,000 video views.

As Clerk, O’Shaughnessy also issues titles for vehicles at four locations in the County. Because of the excellent work of her Deputies in the Auto Title Division, she has been able to support Franklin County’s general fund budget with more than $5 million from the auto title fund.

The Clerk continues her work to establish a professional atmosphere, and provides her Deputies with the tools, structure, and resources necessary to be proficient document management specialists. Stressing the importance of training, professional advancement, and best practices, her Deputies provide the highest level of public service.

Prior to serving as Clerk, O'Shaughnessy was elected three times to Columbus City Council, 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, 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 parish, and is past recipient of the Diocesan Service Award. She is also involved in the Ohio Clerk of Courts Association, the Ohio Funeral Directors Association, the Columbus Historical Society, Consider Biking, the Scandinavian Club of Columbus, the Shamrock Club of Columbus, and the Greenways/Water Quality Working Group of the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission.