The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas

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November 7, 2013

County Clerk Wanda Burke announces retirement

Will serve out term expiring Dec. 31, 2014



“We are continuing to go further back in indexing those land records, and will let the public know as they become available,” Burke said.

During her tenure as county clerk, Burke also has seen to the electronic indexing of marriage and birth records and well as some old school district records.

“I think we have accomplished a lot,” she said. “I'm happy. God's given me a lot of help over the years.”

The decision to leave her office was not an easy one, Burke said.

“It is hard. I really, really really like this job,” she said. “But I didn't feel I could properly serve Anderson County another four years. It is just time.”

Burke's husband of almost 42 years, David, retired from the City of Palestine in January, after 29 years at the water treatment plant.

“I want to retire and spend time with him,” she said. “It is time for me to live the next chapter in my life.”

Burke's retirement plans include “spending the first six months doing nothing,” she said, and getting more involved in her church, Elkhart Church of Christ.

While her official exit is over a year away, Burke already knows what she will miss the most — the people.

“Being clerk, I don't get to mix and mingle with people the way I like to,” she said. “So when you work together like we do, it becomes one big family.

“I am proud of this office and the employees we have here.”

Burke has high hopes for one of those employees, Mark Staples, for whom she cast support as her successor.

“Mark has over eight years experience in the county clerk's office and I know he is the best candidate for the job,” she said. “He has been to school with me and he knows the laws that are needed to run the county clerk's office.

“May God bless each one of the citizens of Anderson County and always remember to vote for the person who can do the best job for your county.”

Burke and her husband have one grown son and daughter-in-law, Ronald and Hailey Burke.


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