Citing seven years of experience as a county employee, longtime Anderson County resident and Palestine High School graduate Misty Cross has announced her intent to run for the county clerk's position in the March 4 Primary Election.
Cross' first job was in the county clerk's office, where she remained until her husband took a job transfer. When they returned to Palestine, Cross worked in the banking and the mortgage business before going back to work part time for the county clerk's office in 2009.
“I worked every position in the county clerk's office as well as assistant bookkeeper,” she said, explaining that while serving as assistant bookkeeper she discovered that a previous employee had been taking money from the county clerk's office for over a five-year period totaling $32,000.
“I brought it to the attention of the county clerk and the bookkeeper at that time as well as the district attorney,” she said.
Cross was later offered a position as bookkeeper in the district clerk's office where she worked for a year and a half before being offered a job in the county auditor's office.
“I have been the assistant county auditor for about eight months now,” she said. “The county auditor's office audits all county offices for Anderson County as well as payroll, grants and monitoring the county's budget.”
Her work in multiple county offices, Cross said, is what led her to run for county clerk and is what gives her an advantage for the position.
“I feel like working in other offices for the county has given me a better perspective on what this office needs,” she said. “I have seen the whole picture and not just one part of it.
“I feel I can bring a lot to the table with my experience in this office,” she added. “I feel I have a good working relationship with judges, commissioners and other elected officials and local attorneys.