Torrence is best choice for clerk

Published 5:14 pm Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Editor, The Smithfield Times:

On Nov. 3 we will elect a circuit court clerk. One candidate is uniquely qualified to fill that position and perform the nearly 800 wide-ranging duties described in the “CIRCUIT CLERK’S DUTIES” manual. That candidate is Kathy Torrence.

In 2005 Ms. Torrence joined the small staff of the clerk’s office and mastered the duties and regulations associated with civil cases, judgments, indexing, recording and the delivery of basic services to the public (marriage licenses, gun permits, etc). In 2010 Ms. Torrence became chief deputy clerk, which demanded higher-level responsibility and expertise in the development of mandated financial reports, regulated accounting procedures, unclaimed property matters and audits.

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She handled probate and guardianship matters; interfaced with state and local offices; dealt with technology providers, judges and law enforcement; and performed a host of other management duties. This January Ms. Torrence was appointed acting circuit court clerk upon the retirement of Sharon Jones. The knowledge and experience Ms. Torrence brought to the job made the transition seamless.

Our new acting clerk soon encountered the challenging impact of the coronavirus shutdowns. Her experience and expertise enabled Ms. Torrence to facilitate mandated operations, manage technology interfaces, keep her staff in the office consistently performing their duties and meet the public safety needs of the citizens of the county while delivering essential services.

For the good of the county, we need a clerk who knows the work — 100% of the work! Kathy Torrence is the very best qualified candidate for the job.

Valerie Schmidt-Wilson