Palestine native Sue Coslett Sessions announced this week her campaign for Anderson County district clerk, hoping to bring some changes to the office, if elected, including faster turnaround time and more public access.
“Since I came back to Anderson County 17 years ago, I have always thought about doing this,” Sessions said about the reason for running for office. “For me, now is the time to make that change in my life.”
Sessions has almost 40 years in the field of law enforcement, beginning her career with the Anderson County Sheriff's Office in 1975 under then-sheriff Roy Herrington. She continued her career in Tarrant County before moving back to Palestine in 1995 and returning to the ACSO.
She currently works as a sergeant with the department and is in charge of Civil, Warrants, Writs, Bailiffs and the Sex Offender Registration Divisions.
“I currently work hand-in-hand with the district clerk's office as well as all the offices in the courthouse and annex,” she said. “If it doesn't involve patrol or the jail, I am pretty much in charge of it.”
The role of the district clerk's office is to maintain records for the district courts — felony trials, divorces, child custody and land dispute cases and civil lawsuits.
While working with the district clerk's office, Sessions stated that she noticed some areas of concern that she would like to change and make better.
“I would like to see a faster turnaround time in work that is brought in,” she said. “I would like to see the office have its own website as well as computers installed on the front counter for public viewing. I want the office to catch up and stay caught up on its billing with the Attorney General.”
In making the office more accessible to the public, Sessions stated that she would like for the office to open at 7:30 a.m. and remain open during lunch.