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Green seeks court clerk appointment; candidate interviews Thursday
May 8, 2013 - By Christina George, Staff Writer
Deputy court clerk Kristi H. Green of Lander is seeking the district court clerk seat that will become available in two months when her boss resigns.
"It would be a great privilege to continue to serve the people of Fremont County as clerk of district court," Green said in an interview.
The current district court clerk, Katie Brodie Meredith, tendered her resignation to the Fremont County Commission on Tuesday after nearly 38 years of employment at the Fremont County Courthouse. She has spent the last 18 years as district court clerk.
Brodie Meredith's resignation from the four-year elected seat is effective June 30.
Because she is a Republican resigning in the middle of her term, the county GOP under state statute must submit three nominees for commissioners to consider when they replace Brodie Meredith.
The county central committee will have interviews with the candidates at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 9, in the Fremont County 9th Judicial Circuit Court at the Fremont County Courthouse in Lander. From there, three names will be forwarded to the commission. The interviews are open to the public.
Jennifer Clymer is the other announced candidate (she will be profiled in Thursday's Ranger).
Green, who applied to the GOP to be chosen as one of those nominees, has spent her entire working life as a court clerk for Fremont County.
"I see justice every day, and I believe that the system works," she said.
A year after her graduation from Lander Valley High School in 1982, Green applied for a deputy clerk position at the Fremont County Court, now called Circuit Court.
"I was a young kid out of high school looking for a job," she said. "Judge (Robert) Denhardt gave me an opportunity, which I will always be grateful for."
It was an entry-level job that was the starting point for learning court procedures.
In January 1987, Green was appointed to the chief clerk seat, which she held until January 1995 when she transitioned to work as a deputy clerk for the Clerk of District Court.
"It's pretty humbling to sit down and put it on paper," Green said, referring to the resume of work experience she submitted to the GOP along with her application for the district court clerk position. "I've really stuck with it. It's been 30 years. It's fascinating and rewarding at times, but it's also heartbreaking. But I have had good people to work with, and great mentors."
The Clerk of District Court office, which is based at the Fremont County Courthouse in Lander, is responsible for managing a variety of different cases: criminal, civil, appeals, probate matters, adoptions, divorces and child support.
"You have to know a lot about court procedures," Green explained. "It's our job to keep those records accurate and organized."
Green said she respects the political process that will be used to find Brodie Meredith's replacement.
"I know this is how it has to be, and I want to throw my name in," she said.
If appointed, Green said she would run for the post in the 2014 election.
"I've been in a supervisory role since 1987, and I know how to manage people," Green said. "I have the experience, and I believe that I am a good employee."
Green has lived in Lander with her family since 1979. She has a grown son who is married with a son.