New Caldwell County clerk of court not so new

May. 31, 2013 @ 06:53 AM

From business disputes to murder trials, Kim Clark has seen it all in her 23 years with the Caldwell County Clerk of Court's office. She gets a new perspective Monday when she will be sworn in as the newly appointed clerk of court, a post left vacant with the retirement of Sandie Cannon, who held the post since 2000.

Clark was one of several within the clerk's office and from elsewhere who threw their hats in the ring. The appointment was announced on April 20 by senior resident Superior Court Judge Robert Ervin. She will serve the remainder of Cannon's term, which expires in 2014, and then she plans to run for election to a full term.

Clark says she has the right stuff to take on one of the toughest jobs in the county.

"You need a great work ethic and a love for what you do," she said. "I've been there 23 and a half years. My approach is very close to Sandie's. I want to continue that.

"This is the type of job where you have to be familiar with the judicial and the legal system. I've seen it all. I've seen the office change a lot employee-wise. It's a matter of continuing the service Caldwell County has come to expect."

Clark served as deputy clerk from April 1990 until 2009, when she became assistant clerk of court and head bookkeeper. Throughout her lengthy service, she has worked in juvenile courts, small claims, civil district and superior courts, and child support.