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District Clerk

Serves as clerk and custodian of all records for the District Courts. Indexes and secures all court records, collects filing fees, and handles funds held in litigation and money awarded to minors.

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    Tom Wilder

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1. The position of District Clerk requires expertise in judicial procedures as well as a strong administrative and managerial background. Please explain how your background qualifies you for this office

2. What can be done to improve customer service and efficiency in the District Clerk’s office? If changes are necessary, what are those changes and how would you implement them?

3. What legislative changes, if any, would you make to improve efficiency and administration of the Texas justice system?

Phone (817) 884-1574
Website www.tarrantcounty.com/districtclerk
Occupation Elected official, constitutional officer
Education Attended University of Dallas,UNT,over 500 hours of continuing education required by law taken thru UT Law School, Texas A&M and The District Court Alliance.
Experience 30 years in business, 23 years as elected official. Served 7 years as appointee of Governor Bill Clements to board overseeing The Real Estate Center at Texas A&M, elected Chairman 1991-1992; appointed by Commissioners Court to serve on IT Steering Co
Twitter @TomWilder1995
23 years experience as incumbent District Clerk. "Best Practices Awards" from Texas Association of Counties for cost-efficient operation and recognition from the Texas House of Representatives for cost-efficient operation also.Appointed by Commissioners Court and currently serving on Tarrant County Information Technology Steering Committee, Justice Executive Planning Committee, E GOV Committee and the award winning Criminal Justice Coordinating Committee. Serves on County Bail Bond Board. These committees make evaluations of many county projects and then make recommendation to Commissioners Court for funding and implementation of projects. Also serving on County Disaster Recovery Committee and E-filing Shareholders Committee. Member - Tarrant County Bar Association and Board of Directors for The Texas District Court Alliance. Prior to election in 1995, Tom was serving on the Board of the Real Estate Center at Texas A&M and owned The Wilder Company, a commercial Real Estate Services Co.
Our reputation for customer service is well documented from complimentary letters and phone calls. Serving on committee to build a new case management system to better serve our litigants and judges. Building a new Web access system to replace the current one that will have more functionality for researchers on court cases and digital images. Building a new system for digitizing older records (1955 back to 1879).This is a cost-efficient way to do this without using general fund tax dollars.
Advocating mandate of "Sensitive Data Sheet" on all court case filings. This will keep such data out of court pleadings that are available to the public but still allow use of data by attorneys and litigants as required under the law.Supreme Court Rules Committee or legislature can mandate. Have approached both to do so. Clerks need more input with the Texas Supreme Court that has rule making authority that sends unfunded mandates to our local taxpayers. Clerks' Association are gearing up to do this. Commissioners Court, CUC and Texas Association of Counties must be motivated to do more to stop these unfair practices from legislature and Supreme Court. By currently serving on legislative committees, we can hopefully do this. Criminal Justice reform in a number of areas needed. Our Criminal Justice Coordinating Committee and Commissioners Court are working on this.
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