The county clerk is an ex-officio member of Commissioners Court and must attend every called meeting and take and transcribe minutes of the meetings. The probate division of the county clerk’s office accepts for filing all probate and guardianship matters for the county court. Legal documents are prepared for service, court hearings and probating estates/wills. The clerk is trustee for trust accounts and large sums of money held for minors, wards or estates.
The clerk must be bondable. The county clerk is clerk for all civil and criminal matters heard in County Courts at Law 1 and 2. This requires a vast knowledge of the process and legal requirements for issuing citations, warrants, legal documents for numerous additional court matters.
We work in conjunction with the County Attorney’s office to support these courts. As you see, having legal and administrative experience as well as knowing and adhering to the statutes and laws is necessary to keep the court system running effectively and efficiently.
Is there a specific program or operational change you would make in the next four years to make the office more streamlined, cost- or performance-efficient and customer friendly?
My employees understand the meaning of customer service. We enjoy our jobs and it shows when serving the public and our customers. Parker County courts, as a whole, will be implementing a more effective electronic court system during the summer months of 2014. This system will enable the county clerk’s court offices to comply with laws regarding e-filing requirements to be operational on or before the Jan. 1, 2015, deadline.
By working together with the district clerk, the judges’ offices and the IT department for the good of the county, we can be certain this system performs as expected and is cost-effective for the county. I know properly educating employees to operate this system is monumental for success, so I will see to it adequate training is provided.