By: Carol Beck-Round | Category: Special Interest | Issue: November 2012
Candi Czapansky is running for her fifth term as the Rogers County Court Clerk. Czapansky has served in the position since she was first elected in 1996.
For almost three decades, Candi Czapansky has been one of the smiling faces at the Rogers County Court Clerk’s office. Since Czapansky first walked through the courthouse doors in 1980, she has become familiar with all aspects of the office through her work in the various departments.
In 1996, Rogers County voters revealed their confidence in Czapansky to run this important county government office by electing her Court Clerk. Since then, their trust in Czapansky’s integrity and ability to run the office efficiently led to her re-election in 2000, 2004 and 2008.
During her tenure as Court Clerk, Czapansky has earned Oklahoma Court Clerk Certification from The Center for Local Government Technology through Oklahoma State University. She has also implemented numerous improvements, leading to a more efficient office.
According to Czapansky, Rogers County was one of the first District Courts in the state to use computers. In 1996, Rogers County Courts joined the Supreme Court of Oklahoma computer system, now known as Oklahoma Court Information System.
“This is the present system in which the courts as well as the public can view court dockets, calendars, and more via the Internet at Oklahoma State Courts Network,” says Czapansky.
In 2009, the Supreme Court adopted a plan to meet future technology needs of the courts throughout the State of Oklahoma. “As a result of my vast knowledge of the Court Clerk’s office, I was appointed by the Supreme Court in March 2009 to the Civil Subcommittee,” she says.
In January 2011, Czapansky’s experience led to her appointment to the Standards Subcommittee. “While serving on these committees, I worked on Joint Application Development and Joint Application Design projects,” she adds. “In addition, I have also served the Supreme Court by participating as a member of various teams and study groups.”
With the implementation of the new statewide system, the public and the legal community will be able to file and monitor court cases from their own offices and homes. “I know they are looking forward to this new system because of the benefits,” Czapansky adds.
During her tenure as Court Clerk, Czapansky implemented a full-time cost collection administrator as well as adding a bookkeeper position to help streamline the office’s workload. Under Czapansky’s leadership, the office also began accepting credit card payment for fees.
“I have also made it possible for all public docket sheets to be available by Internet access,” Czapansky says. “These updates are designed to aid the public in accessing Rogers County court records.” Currently the office is in the process of converting microfilmed records into digital images for archive purposes, and Czapansky says it will help maintain “the integrity of our records.”
Budget reductions over the last few years have forced Czapansky to make tough decisions concerning office operations. “While striving to maintain our high standard of service to Rogers County residents and the State of Oklahoma, I have taken on additional court duties as requested by Rogers County judges,” she says. “My staff, as well as myself, work hard each day to sustain a well-run office, without compromising the integrity of the court records, or the rights of the public which is dictated by the state statutes and Oklahoma Supreme Court.”
Among Czapansky’s accomplishments is the savings to Rogers County residents of over 17 million dollars since March 1996, when she took office. “We have used Court Fund monies instead of utilizing county funds to operate the Court Clerk’s office,” she says.
Dedication to improving the Court Clerk’s office operations earned Czapansky an “Excellence in Management” award from the Chief Justice of the Oklahoma Supreme Court.
A member of the Oklahoma Court Clerk’s Association as well as the County Officers and Deputies Association, Czapansky says she has enjoyed her 29 years as a public servant, working in the Court Clerk’s office.
“I wish to continue serving the residents of Rogers County,” she adds. “We are here to serve the residents.”
After 30 years in public school education, Carol Round retired and moved from Grand Lake to Claremore, Oklahoma in 2005, where she writes a weekly faith-based column which runs in 14 Oklahoma newspapers as well as several national and international publications. Three volumes of her columns have been compiled into collections: A Matter of Faith, Faith Matters and by FAITH alone. She has also written Journaling with Jesus: How to Draw Closer to God and a companion workbook, The 40-Day Challenge. This past year she has written three children’s books, a series called Nana’s 3 Jars, to teach children about the value of giving, saving and spending money. All of Carol’s books are available through Amazon. In addition to writing her weekly column, authoring books and speaking to women’s groups, she writes for Value News. She also blogs regularly at www.carolaround.com. When she is not writing or speaking, she loves spending time with her three grandchildren, working in her flowerbeds, shooting photos, volunteering at her church or going on mission trips overseas, and hiking. She is also an avid reader and loves working crosswords and trying to solve Sudoku puzzles.