High School diploma
37 years County Government
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I am motivated to run for the County Clerk because I love my job and what I do. I have a compassion for working with and serving the people and if I can help one person, I am successful. I feel I am a compassionate and a caring individual who listens. I have a desire to make a difference. I am the record keeper for the county, and the records belong to the citizens of Comal County. I aim to keep the integrity and history of these records a high priority. I come to work every day to face whatever challenge is brought before me. I have a great support staff and together we work very hard to achieve our goals.
You must have the ability to provide for the public and their needs while following the law. A very important quality of a county clerk is to be a leader and a team player. Our county officials need to work together with a common goal for the community. You need to have the willingness to listen and learn. I am only as successful as my staff. Without them I could not operate this office. I have led my office in the direction of less paper and electronic records. We have been very successful with the electronic process. This has increased the public access to records as well as the accuracy of the records. We strive everyday to deliver excellent customer service and I believe we have accomplished this. I maintain the same hours as my staff and I am here from 8:00 – 5:00 and available to the public.
If re-elected, I want to continue bringing the clerk’s office into the 21st century. Since being elected I have brought to the office a less paper process. I have brought forward e-recording in the Official Public Records (OPR) and introduced e-filing in the courts which allows people to submit documents online. We don’t have paper files anymore. I have uploaded sovereignty to current into a searchable data base for land records called Roam. You can search and purchase records online. My office is currently working on indexing these older records to clean-up any errors. I have re-organized and brought our plat system online. I hope to add marriage kiosks into the office. In my elections department we will be replacing the e-poll books with know-ink poll pads. This will allow for a less paper environment in the elections office. I am confident that my goals for a less paper environment throughout my departments will not only continue saving tax payer dollars but increase efficiency.
I have been involved in County government for 37 years. My career began in Guadalupe County as Chief Deputy in the District Clerk’s office. I worked in Guadalupe county for 14 ½ years. I then moved to Comal County and applied with the County Clerk’s office. I was hired in December 1994 by Joy Streater as her Chief Deputy for the courts section. I served in that capacity until Joy decided to retire and I ran for the County Clerk position in 2014. I feel that my education in all facets of the clerk’s office have benefited me. I have worked the courts, elections, the land/vital sections and commissioners’ court. One of my goals is to learn something new every day.
B.A. Corporate Communications, Baruch College - CUNY
Founder and managing director of Ramblewood Consultants, a small business marketing services company. Previously, managed information systems for nearly 20 years and worked within large organizations for 15 years managing various teams of professionals.
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I care about our community. I believe the office of the county clerk is the front door of our community, an introduction to who we are in Comal County. Leading up to December’s candidate filing deadline, I spoke with small business owners and residents throughout our community and asked them about their concerns for our local government. I learned what matters most to them. My goal is to strengthen the office of county clerk to respond to their concerns. When we work together for the common good, we all benefit.
The county clerk must be able to interact with diverse groups of external/internal stakeholders throughout our community. The office carries a unique responsibility to maintain the integrity of the county’s vital record keeping by establishing where necessary and maintaining where existing, unbiased and trustworthy systems to aid county government in information processing. During my 20+ year professional career, I have managed information systems and directed diverse teams of professionals. I am tech-savvy and understand the mechanics of information processing, and know how to build consensus, manage expectations, and bring high-level attention-to-detail essential to the office of county clerk.
While the county clerk’s role is process-driven, there are three policy concerns I plan to address: Optimal use of County Resources – Comal County’s new election center, paid for with tax dollars, should be available for voting for any and all registered voters in Comal County. Voting Systems - Comal County is one of 103 Texas counties without a paper backup system. We have no reliable way to recount votes in the event of challenges. Mandatory vote-by-mail ballots for seniors – Providing our senior citizens with ballots each year without the required request via application would make it easier, not more difficult, for elder citizens to cast votes by mail.
I have prepared my entire life for this opportunity to serve our community and the best interests of our citizens. Both my mother and father were in the military. As such, we traveled the world. This unique perspective taught me that to succeed I must be willing to listen and learn from others’ perspectives, adjust to any situation, and understand how to overcome challenges. Comal County is rapidly growing with a diverse population migrating here from other parts of Texas and the country. We must be prepared for this growth to deliver exceptional service in support of our community.