Moats begins term as Tucker County Circuit Clerk

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Sharon Moats has worked in the Tucker County Circuit Clerk’s Office for 18 years and on Jan. 3, she took over as the Circuit Clerk.

PARSONS – Sharon Moats was selected by Tucker County voters as Tucker County Circuit Clerk and her first day in that position was Jan. 3.

Moats said she feels she has some big shoes to fill with the retirement of former Tucker County Circuit Clerk Donna Jean Bava, but said she feels well prepared to fulfill the responsibilities of the office.
“Donna Jean Bava did an excellent job and I commend her for that,” Moats said. “She has worked with me to make this a smooth transition. There were not a lot of issues coming into the office. That really helps and I appreciate that very much.”
Moats said moving up from an employee to the boss is a little different.
“I enjoy a good working relationship with others in the office,” she said. “Good communication will continue. I like things to work smoothly and I am happy to have two good employees working with me.”
One of the new tasks Moats is working with is the budget. She said she has worked a little bit with the budget in past years, and is familiar with it and said she is working to finalize the budget. Another big project the Tucker County Circuit Clerk’s Office is working on is scanning all of the records. Moats said she is looking forward to venturing into the new technology.
“We are working toward e-filing and the future technology with scanning records,” Moats said. “Everything is going to paperless in most government entities. There are four counties in West Virginia that are pilot programs and are working on that now and the Supreme Court will get us set up to accomplish that in the near future.”
Moats said one of her new duties will be to apply for grants to help preserve the records in the office.
“There is always something new to learn every day,” Moats said. “I believe this office will continue to run smoothly and efficient. I am looking forward to it.”
Moats said one of the goals of the Tucker County Circuit Clerk’s Office is to make items more accessible to the public.
“We hope we can do that in the future,” Moats said. “There are some records that are public records. We hope we can put in a public computer terminal the public can use to look up items that are public record.”
Moats and her husband William live just outside of Parsons. They have two sons and one granddaughter.
The Tucker County Circuit Clerk’s Office is located on the fourth floor of the Tucker County Courthouse Annex, Suite 403. The office is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Additional information about the office is available online at www.tuckercountycommission.com or by calling the office at 304-478-2606, ext. 202.

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