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February 27, 2014

Election Q&A: Sessions, Staples in race for District Clerk spot


NAME: W. Sue Sessions

AGE: 58

OCCUPATION: Sergeant at Anderson County Sheriff’s Office

EDUCATION: Master Peace Officer License; over 5,000 hours of Continuing Education


NAME: Janice Staples

AGE: 64

OCCUPATION: Anderson County District Clerk

EDUCATION: H&R Block Income Tax School, 2 years; three criminal law courses at TVCC; over 440 hours of continuing education.


Q: What are your qualifications for this job?


I have been in law enforcement for almost 40 years. Of these years, I’ve spent the last 17 years working hand in hand with the district clerk’s office. I am currently the supervisor over warrants, civil, writs, bailiffs, courthouse security, and sex offender registration. The work that is started in the district clerk’s office whether it is grand jury to warrants, civil citations to writs is sent to my office for service. I work with the process from start to end. I am often asked to solve problems that occur with the paperwork and I am happy to do so.


I have five years of experience under district clerk, Maxine Barnette. I was appointed chief deputy by Mrs. Barnette. Mrs. Barnette asked me to run for the position because she knew that I had the potential and qualifications to be a good district clerk. I have over 440 hours of continuing legal education. I am now in my 12th year as district clerk. I believe that the number of years and the education and training I have received clearly make me the best person for the job. Seventeen years of experience speaks for itself.


Q: What do you believe are the most critical issues facing the District Clerk’s Office?


The first problem is bringing the office back to public access. The pulling of the public access computer by Ms. Staples was blamed on the sheriff’s office and our IT Department. I believe that after four years it is time to stop blaming and start fixing the problem. The other area of concern is the Attorney General billing. This started in September 2010 and did not get any attention until people started complaining about the lost revenue. It took the office hiring a part-time employee and working on it till January of this year to get them caught up.

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