Current Circuit Clerk Sally Doggett Wedgeworth Seeks Re-Election –
With 20 years combined experience, 17 years as a deputy clerk and 3 years as the Circuit Clerk, this is not a job I have taken lightly.
During the past 3 years as Circuit Clerk changes have been made to reduce cost of operating (which in turn saves our county money). Civil and Criminal files are now scanned in MEC (Mississippi Electronic Courts System).
The efficient court system allows attorneys access to court files without leaving their office. It has created an efficient way to send prisoner commitment and criminal disposition forms to the Mississippi Department of Corrections in a timely manner.
As many have seen in the newspaper and on Election Day, we were able to purchase new voting machines with only fraction of cost paid by the county. HAVA (Help American Vote Act) funds were provided by the state to cover the majority of the cost.
This has been our first purchase for new voting equipment since the 1980’s. New computers were required for the installation of Election Software, after applying and receiving a grant through Mississippi Homeland Security our office received the $8000.00 to cover the cost. This in turn saved the county additional money.
On the campaign trail four years ago, I listened to the voters concerns of how I could improve my office. One concern was paying restitution to victims. From January 2020 until the present our office has paid out over 100,000.00 in restitution to victims locally and out of state. Paying restitution and making monthly settlements to all entities has given our office clear audits from the Mississippi State Auditor’s Office.
Although I am thankful for improvements in our office in the last three years, nothing compares to the ability to serve each and every one of you.
My office hours have never been 8 am – 5 pm, they are when someone needs help. It may have been a marriage license after 5 pm or on a Saturday, a family needs a notary on a weekend, or someone needs to bond a person out of jail. I stated 4 years ago I would have an open door policy and that still remains today.
Service to our community goes beyond our office doors. Voter Registration drives are held throughout the community at events such as Clarkfest and MLK Unity Events. Our office has gone to both Quitman and Enterprise schools registering seniors to vote. I was invited to speak on the duties of our office in the Enterprise Government Class in the fall and will return next month for the second set of students. There is no age limit to learning the different offices and duties in the courthouse. We have had kindergarten to high school age tour our building that always ends in a special trip to the courtroom.
This is a condensed version of all that has happened in the last 3 years. If elected I will continue to serve my community during normal business hours and after.
I humbly ask for your vote November 7, 2023 to continue to serve as YOUR “Circuit Clerk” for Clarke County.