Cyndi Pauwels brings solid experience to the Clerk of Courts race:
- 6+ years as a police/fire dispatcher
- combined 10 years as a deputy clerk at the municipal and federal court levels
- 6 years as a liaison between juvenile court, police departments, social service agencies, schools, and students
- She offers a passionate commitment to justice and to public service
Her goals are straight-forward:
Make the Greene County court system as open and easily accessible as possible. By its very nature, the law is cumbersome and murky; I aim to clear the waters. We can do better.
Challenge the punish-first model employed in our jails. As Greene County begins the arduous process of replacing an aging and crumbling jail, I will advocate for alternatives to incarceration including diversion, mental health and drug treatment, and community service. Our jails should be focused on rehabilitation and reintegration rather than unsatisfying punishment that only results in recidivism and divided communities. Recent studies show that in Ohio, 80-85% of court hearings are drug related, yet Greene County serves just over 100 inmates annually with the Greenleaf treatment program. We can do better.
Disrupt the status quo. Any system that has been under one administrator for decades needs a fresh perspective. “We’ve always done it that way” is a mantra of the entrenched who would rather not question why things are done that way. As someone who has served as a police dispatcher, as a federal court clerk, and for a non-profit working to better the juvenile justice system, I have a unique insight to help tear down the walls of the entrenched. We can do better.