Shannon Anderson announces her candidacy for the elected position of Washburn County Clerk of Circuit Court. She is the current Clerk of Circuit Court having been appointed by Washburn County Circuit Court Judge Eugene Harrington on February 1, 2017 upon Karen Nord retirement.
Anderson has worked for the Clerk of Court’s office for the past 7 years as a Deputy Clerk, and was appointed as the Register in Probate/Juvenile Clerk by Judge Harrington in 2014. Previous to working in the Clerk’s Office, she has been employed with Washburn County since 2005 as an Economic Support Specialist, Public Assistance Fraud Investigator, and Child Care Certifier.
Anderson graduated from Altoona High School and continued her education at Chippewa Valley Technical College. After working several years at CESA 10 in Chippewa Falls, she moved to Washburn County and began working at Nexen Group, Inc. in Webster in 1999. After the birth of her children, she owned and operated a state licensed in-home child care and worked part-time in her family business, AAA Sport Shop in Spooner. Her husband of 16 years, Jay, is a lifetime resident of Washburn County and together they are raising their three daughters in Shell Lake.
What is the Clerk of Circuit Court’s role in the judicial system? The Clerk of Court's office is statutorily mandated to provide recordkeeping for the judicial system. The office manages all court files: civil, small claims, felony, misdemeanor, traffic, county ordinance, DNR, divorce, paternity and family. The staff opens and maintains all new cases, dockets, pleadings, takes court minutes, enters judgments, prepares bail bonds and criminal judgments of conviction, enters and vacates warrants, prepares court files for appeals, collects fees, fines, restitution, court appointed attorney fees and any other obligations ordered by the Court. The Clerk of Court's office also processes passport applications, takes care of all other phases of jury management, and other duties as required of the office. The clerk and staff assist the public in accessing the courts and its records.
“Since starting in the Clerk’s office in 2011, I have gained knowledge in all case types including Guardianships, Criminal, Small Claims, Civil, Probate and Family files. I believe I can run a cost effective, customer oriented office. When I was appointed Clerk of Court, we worked to consolidate the office with the Register in Probate to allow our operations to work together and reduce the budget. As the Register in Probate, I was able to implement an Electronic File System for all open files and am working to scan all closed files to save space and allow more access to these cases. Beginning in April of last year, the Clerk of Courts office implemented e-filing in most case types, and the staff has worked diligently to get all open files scanned. Electronic scanning allows our judicial system access to files as well as the public though the system. We also enhanced our juror system to send text or email reminders to jurors and set up a Facebook page to communicate regarding information on jury service and services provided through our office. Over the past year, we have worked to strengthen the working relationship with customers, attorneys, law enforcement agencies, human services and the District Attorney’s office. It has been my pleasure to work with the current circuit court staff – they provide a wealth of knowledge and are a hard-working group that work together to ensure office efficiency and provide a quality service. As a team, we will continue to implement improvement when possible and continue to enhance the efficiency of the office and serve the public. I enjoy serving as the present Washburn County Clerk of Circuit Court and have a passion for serving the community. I would be honored and proud to continue to serve all of the citizens of Washburn County. ”