|Electing the Clerk of the Court
|Why is such an important position under the moniker of “clerk” in the first place? The origin is found in early English history. Back then as now, one judge alone was unable to preside over the argument, record the proceedings and issue writs. This necessitated the creation of the office of the clerk of the court and this structure carried over to the English colonies. Originally, the “… judicial officials were chosen from among the clergy, the only literate group at the time. Thus, the name clerk is derived from the Latin clericus meaning clergyman.” (Hat tip to Clerk of Okaloosa County, FL.)
The Clerk is an elected public officer who serves for eight years. The functions and duties of clerks vary from state to state. In Virginia they are determined by the Supreme Court of Virginia and are as numerous as they are important. (See the official Circuit Clerks’ Duties List at: http://www.courts.state.va.us/courts/circuit/resources/cccdl.pdf) In general, duties range from document management (court records, case procedures, deeds) to the collection of fees and taxes (real estate and death) to elections (securing ballots, poll books, voting machines, candidates’ filings).
What can you do? Run for the Office! Or, help us find another good Republican candidate! There is plenty of motivation and incentive; one can serve Albemarle County and receive $140K while doing it. Also bear in mind that the Democrats already have someone interested in running for the Office. The election process is the same as any other candidate seeking office in Albemarle County. That is, the hopeful first seeks his party’s nomination. We have chosen the Mass Meeting process, so be mindful of all deadlines in the Call. The Mass Meeting Call can be viewed on our website. www.albemarlegop.org
Regardless of who is Albemarle’s next Clerk, we have seen that the performance of the Office must be constantly evaluated by the public it serves.
Article by Mark Setaro