The Honorable Johnnie A. Maier, Jr.

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Massillon Clerk of Court


Johnnie Maier was elected Massillon Municipal Clerk of Court in November 1999, and was re-elected in 2005, 2011, and 2017. In 2001, he earned the title of “Certified Clerk of Court” from the Ohio Association of Municipal/County Court Clerks. As Clerk of Court, Maier has installed financial control procedures, created a centrally organized Court records system, completed the computer conversion to the Stark County Criminal Justice Information System (CJIS), and has implemented customer service standards for the office.

Johnnie Maier was chosen by his peers to serve as President of the Ohio Association of Municipal/County Court Clerks, and was also chosen to serve as President of the Northeast Ohio Municipal Court Clerks’ Association. In 2010, the Ohio Association of Municipal/County Court Clerks selected Johnnie Maier as Clerk of the Year, “In Recognition of (his) Extraordinary Dedication and Service.” The Ohio Association of Municipal/County Court Clerks (OAMCC) represents 127 Clerks of Court throughout Ohio.

Prior to being elected Clerk of Court, Johnnie Maier served five terms as a member of the Ohio House of Representatives. During his legislative career, Maier served as Chairman of the Colleges & Universities Committee, and was elected as Chairman of the Ohio House Democratic Caucus. He also was co-chair of the Ohio General Assembly Steel Delegation. In 1996, he was chosen by his colleagues to serve as the Assistant Minority Leader of the Ohio House of Representatives. Maier was also selected as the Ohio Legislator of the Year.

As a state legislator, Johnnie Maier was a leader in criminal justice issues. He constantly led the fight for tougher criminal sentencing by sponsoring the legislation to make prisoners pay for their own jail expenses, and by sponsoring the constitutional amendment expediting death penalty appeals for convicted murderers. Johnnie Maier was a member of the House Select Committee on Crime, and was instrumental in the development of community DARE programs. He also sponsored the victims rights bill for families of murdered children, so they could receive compensation from the victims of crime fund.

Before being elected State Representative, Johnnie Maier worked ten years in the state’s juvenile corrections system, and ten years in the mental health field.

Among his many honors for public service, Johnnie Maier has been recognized as the Stark County Public Official of the Year, and received the Friend of Education Award from the East Central Ohio Educators Association. He also received the Distinguished Alumni Award from the Kent State University Stark Campus.