The appointment of Mrs. Winchester, who was a part-time deputy in the clerk’s office, is effective through Dec. 31, 2014. The office is up for election next year, and she told The Mirror she was not yet sure whether she would run for it.
Mrs. Winchester has worked for the county government in various capacities for a total of 28 years in two separate stints. She came out of retirement nearly a year ago to become a part-time deputy County Clerk.
Before retiring, she worked 10 years in the Pct. 1 Justice of the Peace office, 10 in the District Attorney’s Office, and seven in the County Clerk’s Office.
County Judge Dean Fowler, who administered the oath of office to Mrs. Winchester immediately after the court’s vote naming her, recommended her appointment. He said she understood the filing system for the office.
He also said he had talked to several other deputies in the clerk’s office who had worked there for some time, but they were not “interested at all” in the appointment.
Pct. 4 Comm. Mike Spencer noted the new County Clerk had retired, but had returned part-time.
“She has experience in the county,” said Spencer after Fowler mentioned that Mrs. Winchester had worked for not only the Clerk’s Office, but the DA’s Office as well.
Pct. 1 Comm. Paula Gentry added that Mrs. Lee, who had been County Clerk the past 2 1/2 years, had endorsed naming Mrs. Winchester as her successor.
The new County Clerk told The Mirror she had informed her county commissioner (Spencer) she was interested in the job, and that she sought it because “I just thought that would be best for the office.”
Fowler said at Wednesday’s meeting that two other deputy clerks are leaving the office, but Mrs. Winchester said afterward she had not received official notice from them yet and that their potential departure was not a factor in her decision to seek her new post.
She and her husband, Gary, live near the Perryville Community in the northern part of the county.
After being sworn in, she told the court, “Thank you very much. You know you can’t go wrong with a Winchester on your side.”