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Clymer also running for clerk position

May 9, 2013 - By Christina George, Staff Writer

Riverton Circuit Court clerk Jennifer Clymer has joined Kristi H. Green in seeking the district court clerk post that is being vacated by Katie Brodie Meredith on June 30.

"It's a great opportunity, and this position doesn't open very often," Clymer said. "I would like to further personally and professionally, and this seems like a natural transition."

Brodie Meredith notified the Fremont County Commission of her upcoming resignation April 23. Because she is a member of the Republican party, the GOP must select three candidates to submit to commissioners for the appointment.

Green, who is a deputy district court clerk and has 30 years of experience in the Fremont County court system, announced her decision to seek the position the week Brodie Meredith tendered her resignation.

The county central committee will have interviews with the candidates at 6:30 p.m. Thursday 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.

The candidate

Clymer, 40, of Lander, has served as chief clerk at the Riverton court for two and a half years.

"Judge (Wesley) Roberts hired me from the outside, and we have done a lot of changes and made a lot of progress, and I will continue that if I am not appointed," Clymer said.

She served nine years as a paralegal in human services at the Wyoming Attorney General's Office . She also worked in the natural resources department. For four years, Clymer was employed with a workers compensation law firm in Denver as a paralegal for the senior partner and as office manager. She also conducted paralegal work for a law firm in Rawlins.

The 1991 Wind River High School graduate and her husband, Jason Fernandez, decided to move to Fremont County when Clymer was hired by the Wyoming Department of Education to audit school districts for compliance with federal regulations.

When the job opened at the Riverton Circuit Court, Clymer said she applied for it because it was "right up my alley" and fit her experience and skill set.

She said working for the court systems wasn't necessarily something she aspired to do at a young age. After attending school for business administration, she began working as a receptionist at the Denver law firm. The senior partner asked if she want to do paralegal work.

"I furthered my experience with training and workshops, and I had a lot of on-the-job training," Clymer said.

"I like the challenge and how you can encounter new people and things every day," she said. "It's an important service for the community, and I like being a part of something that seems like it matters."

If appointed to district court clerk, Clymer said she has no plans of making changes, but she wants to see the office progress and move forward, which includes helping merge the courts into an electronic system that is now under way.

"My experience in my current and past jobs, and my skill sets, I believe, are very valuable to the court," she said.

If Clymer is appointed, she said she intends to seek the position again when it's up for election in 2014.

"If I am not appointed, I would take everything that's been a part of this as a great experience," she said.

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