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October 7, 2012

County due $110,000 in uncollected fines

Court Clerk Czapansky not filing driver’s license suspensions since January 2012

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“I have not looked at this in a couple of years,” Czapansky said.
She added that she currently only suspends a license under direct court order from a judge.
“There is a provision that says we are allowed to use the failure to pay suspensions,” Czapansky said. “It is something the office can do but is not required to do.”
Czapansky provided this initial response during a previous interview with the Claremore Progress.
Friday, Czapansky contacted the Claremore Progress to notify us that after the interview she contacted Judge Dwayne Steidley.
Steidley advised her that under the state statutes she is required to suspend drivers licenses for both failure to appear and failure to pay.
“After speaking with Steidley and other judges, under their instruction, I will start doing the driver license suspensions,” Czapansky said.
Czapansky offered no further explanation of why the office had not been compliant with the statute for years.
Czapansky did explain previously that it did not appear to be an issue that cost taxpayer money and continued to place the focus on computer issues.
 “I don’t see where this was generating anymore revenue,” she said.
Police Officer Buddy Cook weighed in on the topic during an interview as he stated this is not a new issue for Czapansky.
“To my understanding it is statutory to file them [drivers license suspensions] and she [Czapansky] she is not doing it,” Cook said.
Cook said he brought the issue to Czapansky approximately two years ago and asked her why it was not being done.
“I asked her [Czapansky] why, she said ‘I don’t want to,” Cook said.
He added all she [Czapansky] had to do is send out the notices, yet she hasn’t and “she is breaking the law.”
Additionally, 50 percent of people will come in and take care of a ticket if they receive a suspension notice, Cook added.

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