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YOUNGSTOWN She is leaving her type of work



Published: Fri, November 30, 2001 @ 12:00 a.m.



The Hubbard woman started working in probate court, then moved to the clerk's office.

By BOB JACKSON

VINDICATOR COURTHOUSE REPORTER

YOUNGSTOWN -- Gerry Bott owes her job at the Mahoning County courthouse to her typing skills.

Bott, 61, was one of three women who applied for a job working in the probate court in 1966. Then-judge Charles P. Henderson sent them all to take a typing test.

"He called me a few days later and said we'd all failed the test, but that I failed the least, so he was going to hire me," said Bott, who retired today after 35 years of public service.

Job history: The youngest of nine children, Bott worked 19 years for Judge Henderson, until his retirement.

When that job ended, she immediately began working for former clerk of courts Anthony Vivo Sr., and she's been in the clerk's office since then.

"I consider her a survivor," said current Clerk of Courts Anthony Vivo Jr. "She's seen a lot of changes around here and she's always adapted to them."

When Bott started in the clerk's office, deputy clerks still used manual typewriters and logged journal entries by hand. Now, everything is computerized.

Bott, of Hubbard, said she has most enjoyed meeting and working with the public on a daily basis.

She doesn't hesitate when asked to name the least favorite part of her job.

"Working Mondays," she said, laughing again.

bjackson@vindy.com




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