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County clerk gives annual report

St. Joseph County Clerk Lindsay Oswald presented her annual report to county commissioners during Wednesday’s executive committee meeting.

Oswald, whose four-year anniversary as county clerk was last week, covered a fair amount of information related to the clerk’s office general division, register of deeds and the circuit court clerk’s office.

A Lockport Township resident, Oswald said the general division recorded more than 600 births in 2018, an increase from the previous year; number of deaths also rose last year compared to 2017; slightly more than 400 marriage applications were filed last year, a figure that was down from 2017.

She said the register of deeds office, meanwhile, has seen an uptick in the amount of electronic business. Also, it remains dedicated to looking at property-fraud prevention, she said.

In addition, the office processed approximately 600 passports last year, down from about 750 the year before.

Regarding the circuit court clerk’s office, Oswald said its staff is in the process of completing OnBase criminal implementation program and digitalization of all case files.

The department has strived to bring down costs for jury summons. Oswald said a two-date, one-step summons process has been implemented, reducing the number of citizens receiving jury-duty notices issued annually.

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