Warren bondsman sues clerk of courts

A bail bondsman in Warren has sued Youngstown Municipal Court Clerk Sarah Brown-Clark to force her to immediately register him in the court to write bonds.

Tom Cool, owner of Thomas Cool Bail Bonding, claims he tried registering as a bailbond agent and bailbond company with the court in July 2011 and July 2013 and Brown-Clark has ”refused to accept” his registration, which is something Cool says she’s powerless to do.

”She doesn’t have that discretion,” Cool said Monday. ”Her job is to take and stamp the papers and notify the jail that I’m registered. She doesn’t get to pick who writes bonds.”

Brown-Clark said she referred the matter to the Youngstown Law Department. Anthony Farris, law director, did not want to comment.

Cool’s request to the 7th District Court of Appeals to order Brown-Clark to move on his application says he is registered to write bonds in courts in 11 counties – about 70 courts, Cool said – in northeast Ohio and in every court in Mahoning County, except Youngstown Municipal Court.

Cool said Ohio law requires bail bondsman to register their insurance and licensing information in the courts where they want to write bonds in odd years after their initial registration when they become licensed.

A hearing date has not been set.

Meanwhile, Ohio Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor, who oversees the Ohio Department of Insurance, said reports in the Tribune Chronicle earlier this year about bail bondsman and the bail bonding industry ”cause us concern.”

Taylor, at the Tribune Chronicle Monday before speaking to Republicans in Mahoning County at the GOP chairman’s dinner, could not confirm an investigation, but did say some of the information is concerning and ”would fall within what is considered our regulatory authority.”