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November 7, 2013

County Clerk Wanda Burke announces retirement

Will serve out term expiring Dec. 31, 2014


With nine years of service under her belt — and over 20 years of service to Anderson County, County Clerk Wanda Burke has announced her retirement, effective at the end of her current term on Dec. 31, 2014.

“I would like to thank everyone for voting for me and keeping me as your county clerk, but its has come time for me to retire,” Burke said. “It has been a very good experience for me and I have learned a lot.

“Thank you for putting your trust and faith in me for the last nine years.”

Burke was appointed to the county clerk's position in 2004 and has served in the role under three county judges — Carey McKinney, Linda Ray and current Judge Robert Johnston. She began her employment with Anderson County in 1993, serving a secretary to then-County Judge John Ballard McDonald.

From there she transferred to the office of then-County Clerk Joe Huddleston, and in 1997 transferred again to the county auditor's office. She remained there until 2000, when she worked scanning documents for former District Clerk Maxine Barnett.

Burke also worked 12 years for the City of Elkhart, with about nine of those years as the City Secretary.

“I have been a waitress, a store clerk and have worked at a feed mill,” she said. “I have done a little bit of everything.”

As county clerk, Burke has many accomplishment to be proud of, she said, in managing county records.

“I have redone old commissioners court record books, the last three of which are currently at the binders for preservation,” she said. “I also have seen to the index and scanning of land records dating back to 1974.”

County commissioners recently OK'd a contract to have those land records available online, with copies to be purchased for $1 each. That system should be up and running by the end of the year, Burke said.

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