It's time to bring the Clerk's Office into the 21st Century. No one likes change, but change we must and the Clerk's Office is no exception. Better utilization of technology will allow for improved access to Court and Land Records, greater conveniences to the Public and Agencies that rely on Clerk services, and improved transparency.
I am the only candidate with a degree and a career in technology. As such I understand immensely the balance between costs, and reductions of inefficiencies and improved service to staff and customers. I have seen huge projects fail as a direct result of decision makers not being knowledgeable about the systems or products they attempt to deploy.
I also am the first one to admit I don't know it all. Anyone in technology that claims to know it all is kidding the themselves. Technology changes too quickly to remain proficient in all aspects of this huge area of understanding. I do however feel that one of the skill sets I have developed as a result of my career and working with so many end users, is a great ability to troubleshoot and find solutions. While I may not know it all, I do have the language to learn, an ability to understand the challenges, and the capability to move forward with confidence.
The Clerk's Office to my knowledge has missed virtually every deadline that relates to E-filing. Clerk Office staff members are caught up in the archaic challenges of manually redacting all case files by hand before members of the public can access records. Land Records have been decimated by Banks that have created their own electronic tracking system, while the Clerk's record keeping system languishes. Access to the Clerk's Case Management System is limited, even to other government agencies that rely on this critical information.
These are just some of the examples of changes that need to be addressed immediately, to create cost savings, labor and material efficiency, and provide better service to the public.