Retiring Nacogdoches county clerk saw many changes during 30-year career

Retiring Nacogdoches county clerk saw many changes during 30-year career

NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - Retiring Nacogdoches County Clerk Carol Wilson isn't alone as she enters retirement after 30 years working for the county. She spent 26 years of that time as the county clerk.

Across the state many county clerks are retiring. They joke they want to be gone before the July 1st, 2015 mandatory electronic filing of all civil, family, and probate cases.

'That's been called the clerk's retirement bill because I think 77 of us retired because that kinda scared us a little bit." Wilson said.

Nacogdoches and Angelina counties are already live and accepting filings electronically. Wilson found the process easier than expected. Certainly better than the way things used to be.

"When I started work here in 1984 all of our books were on shelves like these," Wilson said.

Wilson received daily workouts lifting the heavy ledgers.

"And we pulled these all day long, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., made our copies and put them back up, all in high heels at the time."

After a move to smaller books, the transition to computer began.

"All of our records are on the computer from 1823 to current," Wilson said.

Wilson thanks her predecessor, Hope Skipper, for supporting progress. Wilson is wanting to do the same for her successor.

"We've gotten everything digitized now," Wilson said.

Wilson said studies show people visit the county clerk's office two times in a lifetime. Marriage, birth, and death certificates, as well as mortgage deed recordings bring them there. Wilson said she plans to come back more as a friend than a customer.

Wilson will be replaced by June Clifton, who was elected county clerk earlier this year.

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