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Ted Kalo dismisses potential challenger from Lorain Court Clerk's office

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LORAIN — Jeff Bearer was let go from the city’s Clerk of Courts office Wednesday morning.

Ted Kalo, Lorain clerk of courts and former county commissioner, said as a new manager, he’s taking the department in a new direction. He is evaluating all of the staff, he said, and didn’t see a reason to keep Bearer, as he’s only been there a little more than a year.

Kalo was named clerk of courts Sunday, beating out Bearer for the appointment. Kalo replaces Lori Maiorana, who resigned from the position Jan. 1 citing health reasons. Lorain police have said they are investigating the former clerk for alleged improprieties while in office. Both Bearer and Kalo will be running in the May primaries for the seat, as the term expires at the end of this year.

“It wasn’t going to work out with him staying. It’s no different than when Lori Maiorana took the seat 10 years ago, she let the chief of staff go, Gloria Warner,” Kalo said. “Within the office it wasn’t going to work with him running against me that I could understand, but I felt no need for him, he’s an at-will employee.”

Kalo said he wished Bearer luck.

Bearer could not be reached for comment on Kalo’s decision.

Contact Carissa Woytach at 329-7245 or cwoytach@chroniclet.com.


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