QUESTION 1: Please summarize your accomplishments as a businessperson, civic leader, and/or elected official. 

ANSWER: I have served the public as an employee of county government for over eighteen years, much of which with the County and District Clerk Offices of Rockwall County. I hold a paralegal certification and a Bachelor’s of Business Administration degree both from LeTourneau University in Longview, Texas where I graduated summa cum laude. I began my career working for Rockwall County in 2004 for the County Clerk’s Office. In June of 2014, I accepted the position of Chief Deputy District Clerk and was appointed District Clerk on December 1st, 2016.

Q2: What do you see as the most pressing needs for District Clerk’s office, and what specifically do you plan to do about those needs?

ANSWER: The most pressing need for the Rockwall County District Clerk’s Office is to continue to meet the demand we are seeing from an overall increase in total case filings.  In the past two years, Rockwall County has seen a significant increase in criminal felony case filings, and a moderate increase in subsequent filings within civil cases. My plan in the future is to continue to work closely and cooperatively with other county officials to ensure that these demands are met with the same level of efficiency and accuracy as Rockwall County has become accustomed to in years past.

Q3: What would your priorities be if you are elected, especially pertaining to office and/or record-keeping modernization/digitalization? 

ANSWER: Currently, my office has several ongoing digitization and records management projects including a part-time employee dedicated solely to the inputting and scanning of court records into our case management system. Additionally, we will continue to archive and preserve all court records considered to have historical value to Rockwall County. If elected, one area of modernization Rockwall County voters can expect is an improvement in appointment making process for passport applications. As a part of the budget process this year, I requested the use of new software which will modernize our passport appointment processes, and allow customers to select their passport appointment time online at their own convenience. In addition, we are working closely with our jury management software to be able to provide more online functionality for jurors in order to make their jury duty experience more comprehensive and manageable. 

Q4: What would your priorities be if you are elected, especially pertaining to the mandated enabling of a criminal case e-filing system? 

ANSWER: Criminal e-filing becomes mandatory in Rockwall County for attorneys filing into criminal cases on January 1, 2019. In anticipation of this upcoming date and making the transition as smooth as possible, our office began accepting e-filing in criminal cases on a voluntary basis in April, 2018. As of today, we have quite a few attorneys participating in criminal e-filing. As we get closer to the mandatory date, we will communicate with the local bar association in order to offer our assistance in any way that we can to assure that criminal e-filing is a continued success.

Q5: What do you want voters to know about you that you do not believe they may be aware of? 

ANSWER: I would like for the voters of Rockwall County to know of my commitment and dedication to the Rockwall County community. I believe in servant leadership, and I am truly honored and humbled to get to serve in this wonderful county where its citizens are passionate about ensuring that Rockwall County continue to be a great place to live for future generations. I want the citizens of Rockwall County to know that I’m available to them for any of their needs, and for them to feel comfortable reaching out to me. My goal is to be of service in any way that I can.

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