Sandra Kurt, Clerk of Courts

Sandra Kurt is honored to serve as Clerk of the Akron Municipal Court serving Akron, Fairlawn, Bath, Richfield, Lakemore, Mogadore, and Springfield.  Sandra’s public service career, enhanced by her engineering experience from private industry, makes her perfectly suited to improve the effectiveness of the Clerk’s office for residents and customers.  

Sandra was sworn in as Clerk of the Akron Municipal Court on January 1, 2024. Sandra’s experience as Summit County Clerk of Courts prepared her for her current role. Sandra served as the Summit County Clerk from 2016 through 2023. Under her leadership, the Legal Office instituted electronic filing and modernized Accounting for the Summit County Court of Common Pleas and Ninth District Court of Appeals. These innovations made it possible for customers to file from their office or their home while reducing the costs of operating the Clerk’s office. Sandra added weekend and evening hours to the Title Division to enhance customer convenience and accessibility. Sandra’s concern about the opiate crisis in Summit County motivated her to provide free drug disposal bags at all Summit County Clerk of Courts locations. 

Prior to becoming Clerk of Courts, Sandra served as an At-Large Councilwoman on Summit County Council, a position she held for five years. She was twice elected unanimously by her colleagues to serve as Vice-President of Council. Prior to County Council, Sandra served on Akron City Council as the Ward 8 Councilperson. When Sandra filed to run for Akron City Council, she was the first openly LGBTQ person to run for office in Summit County. 

Sandra retired from Goodyear after 30 years of service, applying her Industrial Engineering expertise to improve manufacturing and administrative processes. Her assignments ranged the gamut from first-line supervisor at a textile mill in Alabama to improving the processing of latex collected from rubber trees on the island of Sumatra. 

Sandra is a graduate of Iowa State University with a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering. In June of 2015, Sandra was awarded a certificate of completion for the Senior Executives in State and Local Government program, Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Executive Education. 

Sandra volunteers her time serving local non-profit organizations. Sandra is a member of the Advisory Council for the Harry Donovan Jr. Valor Home of Summit County, a transitional housing program for homeless veterans. Sandra serves on the board of the Friends of Metro Parks, a non-profit organization that supports and encourages public enjoyment of Summit Metro Parks through membership, outreach, and advocacy. Sandra enjoyed serving on the Akron Pride Festival committee for the inaugural three years of the festival. Sandra is a member of the Sierra Club, the League of Women Voters of the Akron Area, and a lifetime member of the NAACP.

Sandra can often be found with her wife, LaDonna, walking Kennebec, their Shih Tzu rescue, in Summit County's gorgeous Metro Parks.