MIKE FOLEY HAS DELIVERED REAL RESULTS AS OUR MONTGOMERY COUNTY CLERK OF COURTS.
MILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN SAVINGS
In less than two years in office, Mike Foley has already saved taxpayers over $3,000,000 by running the office more efficiently. These savings represent dollars that can be used on other critical county projects. While too many local government offices spend over budget, Mike Foley is committed to spending taxpayer dollars in a responsible manner.
ELECTRONIC SCANNING OF MUNICIPAL CASES
Mike Foley worked with the Montgomery County Municipal Court to implement electronic scanning for all cases. Rather than relying on cumbersome paper case files, Court and Clerk staff are now able to access and process case documents electronically, saving time and money.
CREDIT CARD AND ONLINE PAYMENTS
When Mike Foley was elected Clerk of Courts, customers wishing to pay on their Common Pleas Court cases were only able to pay by cash or check. As a small business owner, Mike Foley recognized that customers needed to be able to pay by credit card. A new feature was added to the Clerk's website to allow customers to search for their cases and pay online. New credit card swipe machines were also installed in the courthouse for customer convenience.
For too many years, cases sat on the books without being paid. When Mike Foley was elected, he committed to finding ways of collecting millions of dollars in fines and costs that had not been paid to the Court over an extended period of time. The Clerk's Office contracted with the Ohio Attorney General and law firms to collect money that was owed to the Court.
VIRTUAL COURT REMINDERS
Across Montgomery County, thousands of defendants have received arrest warrants for failure to appear in court. Mike Foley worked with his IT staff and external vendors to develop a system that would allow defendants to sign up for text message and email notification reminders for court appearances. Since then, residents across our communities have signed up for this free service. These reminders not only cut down on the amount of warrants that judges have to issue, but also ensures quicker resolution of court cases by having defendants in court at their appointed times.
In 2015, the Ohio Supreme Court urged local Clerks and Judges to do more to help underserved residents navigate the court system. Mike Foley responded by opening Montgomery County's first courthouse self-help center. Residents can now come downtown to dedicated staff who are solely responsible for providing self-represented litigants and others with education, legal information, and access to programs and resources that can improve lives.
COMMUNITY AND NEIGHBORHOOD ENGAGEMENT
While customers can come downtown to the courthouse to access the Help Center, Mike Foley recognized that not all residents have the ability or comfort level to travel to the courthouse to access critical legal services. As such, Help Center staff are dispatched several times a week to locations across Dayton and Montgomery County to engage with residents in their own neighborhoods. Mike Foley believes that everyone in our community - regardless of zip code - deserves information and access to resources to help them traverse the court system.
RETURNING AUTO TITLE CUSTOMERS
As a small business owner, Mike Foley knows that customer service must always be at the very foundation everything that the Clerk's Office does. When he came into office, Mike Foley was committed to doing everything he could to earn back the business of area car dealerships who had chosen to take their business elsewhere under previous Clerks. Following the implementation of new practices to increase effectiveness and efficiencies, many of the auto dealers once lost have chosen to return to the Montgomery County Clerk of Courts for their auto title needs. These returning customers have brought with them millions of dollars in business for Montgomery County.
The Municipal Division will be accepting eCitations from many participating law enforcement agencies by the end of the year. The issuing officers will now be able to swipe an offender’s drivers license and select the appropriate charges and degrees from the Ohio Revised Code. Both of these functions will serve to auto-populate the citation, save time, and create less room for human error. The citations will then be electronically imported into our case management system and assigned a case number. This new innovation will allow clerks and law enforcement officers more time to focus on other tasks and customer service.
Under Mike Foley's direction, the Clerk of Courts is now working with the Montgomery County Municipal Court on the development of electronic search warrants. Electronic search warrants will provide local judges with the ability to have immediate remote access to assist law enforcement agencies in critical times. The technology will also eliminate unnecessary travel from a crime scene. Having the ability to remotely review search warrants benefits law enforcement, judges, and Clerk staff.
Mike Foley has committed to the implementation of cutting edge technology for fingerprint services with the Montgomery County Municipal Court. Livescan fingerprinting provides the Court with the ability to fingerprint individuals while onsite at the Court, alleviating the need for individuals to enter the jail or the Sheriff’s Department to be fingerprinted. This technology will reduce the risk of exposure in a pandemic, but will also provide the ability to electronically submit criminal and traffic transactions directly into FBI and BCI databases. This will save time in receiving and accessing fingerprint results.