Court Administrator Michael E. Kochera
The Judges of the Court appoint a Court Administrator to manage and oversee the operations of the Court. The Court Administrator reports directly to the Judges of the Court and is responsible for the development and implementation of all court programs, policies and procedures and the general supervision of the Court Magistrates, Staff Attorney, Probation Department, Bailiff’s Office, Community Service Department, Jury Coordinator, Assignment Coordinator and related clerical, support and contract staff.
Other executive functions of the Court Administrator include: preparation and management of the annual court budget, personnel and human resource administration, legislative research and analysis, grant management, contractual services, coordination of technology, procurement of equipment and supplies, facility management, review and analysis of statistical reports and departmental performance as well as liaison with local, county and state government, courts and the public.
Michael is the immediate past-President of the Ohio Association for Court Administration; a member of The Ohio Justice Alliance for Community Corrections, the National Association for Court Management, the American Probation & Parole Association and the Stark County Corrections Planning Board. Michael has served as Adjunct Faculty for the Judicial College of the Supreme Court of Ohio and is a graduate of the Court Executive Program, class of 2013 through the Supreme Court of Ohio and the National Center for State Courts. In 2010, Michael was awarded the inaugural Chief Justice Thomas J. Moyer Memorial Scholarship presented by the Ohio Association for Court Administration and in 2008 Michael was awarded the Quest Criminal Justice Services Award for his outstanding contributions to the Stark County criminal justice system. Michael is married to Rachel Kochera with a daughter Mallory and son Leo.