(Riverton, Wyo.) – Chief Clerk of the Riverton Circuit Court Jennifer Clymer is seeking to become the next Clerk of the District Court.
The elected position is up for grabs via appointment following the resignation of Katie Meredith, who has held the seat for 18 years. Clymer has put her name in the hat and will be interviewed on Thursday by the Fremont County Republcan Central Committee along with Deputy Clerk of the District Court Kristi Green.
Clymer said she began her career in the legal world working for a worker’s compensation firm. From 2000 to 2009, she was a paralegal in the Attorney General’s Office in Cheyenne. There she worked in civil matters, such as the termination of parental rights.
From there, Clymer said she got a job in Riverton working for the Wyoming Department of Education. In that position she made sure schools in the state were complying to lawful mandates.
In 2010, Clymer said she was selected by Judge Wesley Roberts to help run the circuit court. She continues to serve in that capacity.
“Every day you see something new,” she said. “I love the challenge.”
Clymer called her experience with the circuit court “amazing,” noting that it’s much different working for the court rather than for the prosecution as she had in the AG’s office.
“I report directly to Judge Roberts and the Supreme Court,” she said.
In her current role, she said she helps keep the work load in the court moving. She makes sure cases don’t stall, and she said she works regularly with the Fremont County Attorney’s Office.
“I believe in being a working clerk,” she said. In her day-to-day, she supervises four other employees and said she makes a point of knowing how to do everyone’s job and works with them.
When asked why she wanted to move the district court, which handles civil cases involving higher amounts of money and felony crimes rather than misdemeanors, Clymer said, “I feel like it’s a natural progression.”
Clymer said until Meredith announced her resignation, which will be effective at the end of June, she hadn’t thought much about the position. “I think it’s a unique opportunity,” she said.
While she said there’d be much for her to learn, she said her more than a decade in the legal field will pave the way.
If appointed, she said she would seek re-election when the term comes before voters in November 2014. Should Clymer not be appointed, she said she would have to think about whether or not run.
Calling district court office the “face of the court,” Clymer said she would expect “great customer service” from herself and her employees. Adding that when people visit the court it’s a stressful time, she would try to make their experience as good as possible.
With the move toward eFiling court documents, she said she would be on board in helping to implement more technology in the office. “I would love it if the world was electronic and paperless,” she said.
She was present for the Riverton Circuit Court’s addition of video arraignment, and she said the technology has improved and eased the process.
The initial interviews for the Central Committee will take place on May 9 at 6:30 p.m. in the circuit courtroom at the Fremont County Courthouse in Lander. The commissioners will meet with the three finalists the following Tuesday, May 14.