By ALLEN RAU
Starting out on the bottom rung of the ladder and working your way up will give you all the knowledge you need to lead, circuit court clerk candidate Michele Walsh believes.
Walsh began in the Circuit Court Clerk’s office when she was 16 years old and became a full time employee in December of 1992. She worked her way up to a supervisory position, spending 22 total years in the clerk’s office.
A life-long resident of Washington County, Walsh graduated from David Crockett High School.
“I’ve been involved in different things, just volunteering. I helped with the scouts, I used to teach Sunday School when I was younger, taught the four year old class,” Walsh said.
According to Walsh, she worked for the clerk’s office until 2011 when she left to spend more time with her family.
She was employed part-time as a legal assistant at a local law office and also as a secretary at Jonesborough Elementary School, until she returned to the clerk’s office in March of 2017.
“I’ve always been one of those people where there’s a need, I know that I can do it. I always like to offer my services and with the experience I have and my background I feel like I’m a huge asset to the clerk’s office,” Walsh said.
Walsh believes she has gained the knowledge required for the position in several different departments and job duties and would benefit the clerk’s office.
Walsh also believes technology could make the office more efficient.
“The big thing that I would like to see and do is to use different things with technology to make the office more user-friendly for everyone that uses the clerk’s office, from the attorneys to the police officers, the law enforcement agencies that use it. Even for the jurors that have to come in for jury duty.
“Currently our jurors call a telephone message every night after 5:00 p.m. to find out if they’re needed for the next day, and I know everybody doesn’t do e-mail but the vast majority of folks do … current technology that’s not going to cost the taxpayers anything. To set up a jury panel and be able to send out an e-mail every day to the jury panel so they know about tomorrow instead of having to make the phone call.”
According to Walsh, her experience in the clerk’s office has given her the skills needed for the position.
“I feel like definitely I have the experience but I also have that desire to make things good.
“Seeing all of the different things that the clerk’s office has been through, as far as when we moved from two different locations. I helped with the move; I was one of those people that was there boxing up paperwork; so I would say my organizational skills and my leadership abilities.”