April 18, 2014

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Court bailiff honored


MEDINA — A Medina County bailiff was honored by his peers earlier this month.

Joe Lewandowski, county Domestic Relations Court bailiff and court administrator, was named Court Officer of the Year for the state and the region by the Ohio Bailiffs and Court Officers Association.

“It was a huge shock to me,” Lewandowski said. “I didn’t even know the judge had nominated me.”

Domestic Relations Judge Mary Kovack said in her recommendation that Lewandowski is apt at keeping the docket moving, which she said is especially notable because domestic relations can sometimes be chaotic and emotionally charged.

“Joe is project-oriented and excels at working with a broad range of personalities and organizations to get the job done,” Kovack wrote.

State winners of the award are chosen from among those who won regional awards. Regional director Bill Saus said Lewandowski was chosen because he’s cooperative, dependable and motivated.

He received the award June 8 at a ceremony in Toledo.

Lewandowski, 66, of Liverpool Township, was honored with two plaques that now hang in his office at the courthouse.

He’s been a bailiff at the courthouse since 2001, when Kovack was elected. Prior to taking that position, he said he spent 26 years with the Cleveland Police Department.

When asked why he thought he won, he joked it was his age.

“Really, though, it was probably my experience,” Lewandowski said.

Contact reporter Nick Glunt at (330) 721-4048 or nglunt@medina-gazette.com.

  • Red_White_and_True

    The entire Medina County Domestic Relations Court is a joke. The bailiff in this article makes decisions on motions and basically acts like he is the judge. Take a look and see how often the judge actually works past 2:30. You will have a hearing notice that says yiu are scheduled to be there until 4, but right around 2 this bailiff will tell you you’re time is up and you have to come back another day with a visiting judge that the tax payers foot the bill for bc you ticked off the judge by not hastily entering into an agreement and expecting them to do their jobs. No award deserved by this guy.

  • CPD

    Doesn’t Lewandowski hold the record for the largest lawsuit paid out in the Cleveland Police Dept. history?