The two women appointed to interim terms as Auglaize County Clerk of Courts and Auglaize County Recorder were officially selected as appointees to finish remainders of each term Thursday by the Republican Central Committee.
Jean Meckstroh and Chris Lambert were unanimously selected to the positions by the executive committee of the Republican Central Committee after endorsements from both women who formerly held the positions.
Republican Executive Committee Chairman Wayne York said the appointments were relatively easy.
‚ÄúI had been talking to different attorneys and they are the ones that work with these people,‚ÄĚ York said. ‚ÄúThey said they were easy to work with and that they did their jobs well. I took that as a vote of confidence.‚ÄĚ
Meckstroth takes over after working in the clerk‚Äôs office under former Auglaize County Clerk of Courts Sue Ellen Kohler. She was hired in 1981 by then Auglaize County Clerk of Courts Wanda Kogge.
‚ÄúI had never met her before when she applied for the position,‚ÄĚ Kohler said. ‚ÄúJean and I have been together for 30 years and have gone from pens and books to a fully computerized system. I am very happy to give her my endorsement.‚ÄĚ
Meckstroth said opportunities offered to her while working in the clerks office helped get her ready to take over the position.
‚ÄúSue Ellen has given me many opportunities keeping up with information and education,‚ÄĚ Meckstroth said. ‚ÄúWe work well with attorneys in our office.
‚ÄúIt is an honor to be appointed as clerk,‚ÄĚ she said after the appointments were made during a meeting at RJ‚Äôs Coffey Cup in Wapakoneta.
When making her recommendation for Chris Lambert as recorder, former Auglaize County Recorder Ann Billings also offered a glowing review.
‚ÄúI‚Äôve worked with Chris for over 29 years,‚ÄĚ Billings said. ‚ÄúShe is very dedicated and very committed to the office.‚ÄĚ
Lambert said she‚Äôs had a lot of fun working in the office for almost 30 years.
‚ÄúI am a little nervous but I am ready to take over,‚ÄĚ she said. ‚ÄúThe office is organized well and it runs smoothly, so there will not be a lot of changes.‚ÄĚ
Both appointees plan to finish out terms expiring Jan. 1, 2013, and both expect to run for their positions in the general election in 2012.
‚ÄúI do have petitions out and will be running,‚ÄĚ Meckstroth said. ‚ÄúTwenty years ago, I never thought I‚Äôd have this opportunity. Now that I have it, it is an honor.‚ÄĚ