Lake County indeed lost a family member when Probate Court
Klammer, 66, was known to have a passion to help people
who came before him in his courtroom, especially the elderly and young.
He will be missed by the countless number of people who
knew the man as someone who was hard working and cared for the less fortunate.
As a judge, Klammer often had to find ways to take care of
people who were mentally ill and had no one else to help or make important
decisions for them.
He appointed guardians when the court or doctors
determined someone was incompetent, and he took that responsibility very
seriously. There are about 800 wards within the county.
Klammer helped put in place a volunteer guardianship
program through his court that aimed to find more people to help when it became
increasingly difficult to find attorneys who were willing or had the time to
devote to a ward.
“In each instance you have to look at the case and make a
decision,” Klammer said in a Sept. 25 story published by The News-Herald. “If
it’s one where the person is capable of causing harm to himself or others, then
you have to take a more cautious approach. If it’s Alzheimer’s, you have to
make sure who you appoint is trustworthy and won’t steal from them and put them
in a bad position.”
Before he was elected judge in 2002, Klammer had an
extensive legal career that included time as a private practice attorney and
also as Eastlake law director.
He also served for a time as a member of the Lake
Metroparks Board of Commissioners.
I remember covering an agency board meeting years ago in
place of a co-worker. I believe it was the first time I met Klammer in person.
I arrived just a few moments before the meeting started
and while I was still shuffling around to get organized, Klammer said it was a
tradition to have “the new guy” lead the audience to recite the Pledge of
Because I wasn’t a regular visitor to the meetings,
apparently that new guy was me.
After Klammer became judge and left his role as a
Metroparks commissioner, I’d occasionally bump into him while out in
Painesville and we’d chat for a few minutes. It was always a delightful
conversation in which he would ask about my family. He was genuinely a pleasant
man with whom to speak.
In recent times, I covered Klammer a little more when
county commissioners and the judge had a legal dispute about flooding inside
the county courthouse.
As I expected, Klammer was passionate about that issue
while it was ongoing and the conversations and interviews I had with him reflected
Moving forward, retired Stark County Probate Court Judge R.R. Denny Clunk
was assigned by the Ohio Supreme Court for three months to cover the docket,
and other sitting Common Pleas Court judges will fill in as needed.
Eventually, Gov. John Kasich
will appoint someone to
the bench. But now is not the time to begin that speculation. I’ll leave that
for another day.
But I will say that whoever the governor selects will have
big shoes to fill.
State Sen. John Eklund
, R-Munson Township, has
been appointed to the Correctional Institution Inspection Committee by Ohio
Senate President Keith Faber
Comprised of legislators from both the state Senate and
the Ohio House of Representatives, the committee is responsible for inspecting
and evaluating each state correctional institution, private correctional
facility and youth services facility once during the biennium and reporting its
findings to the Ohio General Assembly.
Willoughby Hills Councilman David M. Fiebig
fifth annual Spring Fever fundraiser from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at
Willoughby Hills Community Center. See Joyce Hribar Fiebig
Re-election kickoff for Eastlake
, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at Patrician Party,
Eastlake. See Ted or Patricia Andrzejewski
Concord Township Trustees Paul Malchesky
re-election fundraiser 5 to 7 p.m. April 1 at Harry Buffalo
in Painesville Township. See Malchesky, Galloway or Connie Luhta
n Dennis Morley
will host a kickoff
fundraiser for his Eastlake mayor campaign, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. April 17 at
Trader Jack’s Riverside Grille in Eastlake. See Donna Vaughn
or Barb Morley
John Arthur Hutchison
Labels: John Eklund, John Kasich, Lake County Probate Court, Ted Klammer