Cuyahoga County

Prosecutor’s Office Waives Service of Summons on Certified Mail Saving County Taxpayer Dollars

April 24, 2013

CLEVELAND- Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy J. McGinty announced the waiving of costs associated with service when sending certified mail from the Cuyahoga County Clerk of Courts Office to the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office. A collaborative effort between Andrea F. Rocco and Timothy J. McGinty has made this astronomical savings possible.

Currently, the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office receives a heavy volume of documents via certified mail on a daily basis from the Office of the Cuyahoga County Clerk of Courts. Both offices being located in the Justice Center and only floors away, the time has come to reduce costs and expedite efficiency when delivering documents from the Clerk to the Prosecutor. This ongoing and wasteful expense has cost taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars over the years and today it has ceased.

The waiver of certified mail service that was signed today by Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy J. McGinty waives all costs associated to journal entries and summons of service. This office will now accept personal delivery of all such documents and will provide a signed waiver for the necessity of certified mail delivery.

Prior protocol has been for the Clerk’s Office to send certified mail at $6.57 per envelope to the Prosecutor’s Office. This mail would travel from the Justice Center to the Orange Avenue Post Office for processing and then back to the Justice Center for delivery. Thus costing taxpayers on a typical day $657 for mail delivery that was only an elevator ride away. 

Prosecutor McGinty said, “With over $1 million in postage costs being spent by the Clerk of Courts Office, my hopes are that I will encourage all leaders in government to work cooperatively to eliminate this unnecessary expense and waste of time.”

Contact:  Maria (Pinzone) Russo, Public Information Officer, (216) 698-2819, cell (216) 299-9326 or .    

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