Houston County's state court has a new clerk, that's the court that handles traffic cases and other misdemeanors.
On Tuesday, Houston County commissioners appointed Teresa Hathaway to the job. Our Gabrielle Dawkins talked to Hathaway about her plans for the office.
Teresa Hathaway, a paralegal for 29 years, is making a transition to the Houston County courthouse as state court clerk. She says her experience adds value.
“I just bring in a lot of legal knowledge with me to the court and knowing a lot of attorneys around town,” said Hathaway.
Some of her daily tasks include administrative duties for the court and for the judge, issuing warrants and paying fines that have been collected that belong to the state.
Three weeks ago, Hathaway went through several interviews for the position. On Tuesday, Commissioners appointed Hathaway as the new Houston County clerk.
“The commissioners told me I made the highest points. So, I think that's probably why I was chosen,” said Hathaway.
But that's not the only reason, Judge Jason Ashford said it's because of what Hathaway brings to the table.
“Well she's just got great experience, she's got great common sense, and people like Teresa don't come around often,” said Ashford.
She already has a few ideas.
“I've already spoken to Judge Ashford about us taking the court to the new e-filing process, so that everyone can file online and go totally paperless,” said Hathaway.
She starts her new position on October 3.