Niles judge-elect names clerk

NILES — Judge-elect Chris Shaker on Monday named his appointment for Niles Municipal Court Clerk of Courts.

Sherry Rose, 54, will assume the position in January and replace Paul Lawrence, who will retire Nov. 30. Lawrence could not be reached for comment regarding the appointment.

Rose has worked for 20 years in the city’s law department as a legal assistant under several law directors. One of her main responsibilities has been submitting the department’s annual budget requests. She also serves as the clerk of the Niles Civil Service Commission and as a program administrator in the city water department.

Shaker, who during the campaign cited one of his goals as hiring “a hard working and capable clerk of courts,” said the decision to hire Rose was based on a gut reaction he had upon meeting her. Shaker said Rose is experienced and will serve the court and its staff well.

“I heard a number of people talk and say nice things about her,” Shaker said. “I introduced myself to her, was quite impressed and asked her for a resume. She has a big personality and will be a perfect match for Niles Municipal Court.”

Rose said she’s “anxious and excited” to start the new job, and her experience with local ordinances and the Ohio Revised Code will serve her well in the court. However, she said there will be new things to learn, like the ins and outs of the specialized budgets and general fund revenues that operate the court.

“My first priority is to get to know the different funds,” Rose said. “The Ohio Supreme Court offers courses for court clerks and administrators, so through the first year I’m sure I’ll be taking a couple of those courses.”

Rose is a 1981 graduate of Niles McKinley High School and earned a bachelor’s degree from Youngstown State University in 1995 and a paralegal certification in 1997.