Pettis County Circuit Clerk Susan Sadler announced she will file for re-election for the position when filing opens Tuesday.
After more than 20 years of service as deputy clerk, Sadler was elected to the circuit clerk position in 2006. She said the office has experienced many changes in the four years since she was elected, most notably the consolidation of all three divisions of the Pettis County Circuit Court system and the installation of digital recording systems.
As circuit clerk, Sadler planned and managed the consolidation effort. She said the process has allowed for more flexibility in staffing, uniformity of procedures and a combined budget. Before the consolidation, she said it was not unusual for one division to become overwhelmed, but now staff from each division share the workload, which helps alleviate a potential burden or backlog.
“Even though it was something decided by all the judges and myself, I was proud of the consolidation process,” Sadler said. “With a job like this, it’s not about personal accomplishments, but hopefully it has made things easier for the public and streamlined our workflow.”
Despite the installation of digital recording systems in all three courtrooms in the past three years, Sadler said working to further improve records preservation to enhance accessibility to the public and court staff would remain one of her priorities if re-elected to office.
However, she recognized that any major upgrades would rely on funding from state and county governments currently working to manage tight budgets.
“I would like to be able to delve into getting our records archived and microfilming,” she said. “The clerks and I came up with a plan to initiate that process when funds become available.”
Sadler said she wanted to continue her work in office because she enjoys the position. Although many coming into her office are facing lawsuits, tickets or criminal charges, she said she strives to make difficult experiences easier to manage for people.
“This job has been my career,” she said. “I enjoy working with the public, and I like to assist people with what we can do.”