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Mentors

Mentoring is one of the best ways to facilitate the development of employees at all stages of their careers. With the creation of our Clerk Mentor Program we hope to provide the necessary support and resources to help justice court clerks grow professionally.

From learning one’s duties as a new clerk to dealing with complicated scenarios, the clerk mentor program is designed to bridge gaps and connect experienced individuals in the justice court system with clerks throughout the State.

Our clerk mentors are volunteers who are currently employed in the justice court system and who are committed and excited to facilitate the growth and development of clerks in the justice court system. We hope you find this resource valuable and beneficial.

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  • Kristin Acker
    Cherokee County
    Population Size: 51,542
    Number of Clerks in Office: 1
    Computer System: NetData
    Area(s) of Expertise: Any (civil, criminal, forms, office management)
    Email:
    ccjp3clerk@cocherokee.org

    Biography:

    Jacksonville is my hometown and I’ve been working for Cherokee County as a court clerk since 2010.  Before this I was a police, fire and ambulance dispatcher for McLennan County.  There are four JP offices with one clerk at each office in Cherokee County. I became Master Clerk Certified in November of 2016. In my spare time I like to travel and read.
     


    Crystal Jasper
    Anderson County
    Population Size: 57,734
    Number of Clerks in Office: 1
    Computer System: NetData
    Area(s) of Expertise: Any (Criminal, truancy, parent contributing and all reporting)
    Email:
    crystal.jasper@rocketmail.com   

    Biography:

    I have been in the court system since October of 2010. I started with the City of Palestine Municipal Court and gained my Level one certification on December 2, 2011 with the Municipal Court Clerk Certification Program. I started at my current job on June 28, 2012 with Justice of the Peace Precinct 4 of Anderson County. My first conference with the Justice Court Training Center was on March 15, 2013 where I tested and received my court clerk certification in Criminal. My second conference with the Training Center was on May 30, 2014 where I tested and received my Master Court Clerk Certification. My personal belief is that the more you know, the better off you are.
     


    Greta Jordan
    Navarro County
    Population Size: 49,000
    Number of Clerks in Office: 2
    Computer System: Intech Worldwide
    Area(s) of Expertise: Criminal cases, civil cases, software and problem solving
    Office: (903) 654-3061
    Email:
    gjordan@navarrocounty.org

    Biography:

    I have 22 years of service with Justice of the Peace Connie Hickman as a Court Clerk. I have served on the Clerk Education Committee for the Texas Justice Court Training Center and also as a Clerk Representative for the Justices of the Peace and Constable Association. I have been an intricate part of developing the current software for the Justice of the Peace offices in Navarro County and have been through two computer conversions. The first was in 1991 when we went from manual docketing to NetData, the second was in 2012 going from NetData to Intech. I am now a Master Certified Court Clerk.
     


    Teresa Koch
    Medina County
    Population Size: 48,500
    Number of Clerks in Office: 2
    Computer System: NetData
    Area(s) of Expertise: Citations, complaints and warrants, civil (debt claims and evictions)
    Office: (830) 741-6030
    Email:
    Teresa.koch@medinacountytexas.org 

    Biography:

    I have been an Administrative Assistant/Chief Court Clerk for Medina County Justice of Peace Pct. 3 for 22 years. During that time I have worked for two judges, George Ernst and Clyde Bubba Howse.  I taught a class on Issuance of Bad Checks for the Texas Justice Court Training Center in 2007-2008. I am on the Board of Directors for the JPCA as the Clerk Representative.  I am very involved in my community, giving time to the Bluebonnet Children Advocacy, and by serving as a D’Hanis ISD School Board Member, St. John’s Choir and Medina County Child Care Board.
     


    Britt Marquez
    Moore County
    Population Size: 22,000
    Number of Clerks in Office: 1
    Computer System: Hill Country
    Area(s) of Expertise: Any (mostly criminal)
    Email:
    abmarquez@moore-tx.com 

    Biography:

    I live in the town I grew up in, Sunray, which has a population of about 1,900 people. I have worked for Moore County Justice of the Peace, Precinct 2 for 9 ½ years and got my Master Clerk Certification in May of 2014. I have been married for 15 years and have two children, Nathan (13) and Braelyn (8), and I love being a Justice Court Clerk!!
     


    Kathy Northcott
    Van Zandt County
    Population Size: 55,000
    Number of Clerks in Office: 1
    Computer System: NetData
    Area(s) of Expertise: Any (Criminal citations, evictions, and debt claims)
    Office: (903) 873-3592
    Email:
    kathyn@vanzandtcounty.org  

    Biography:

    My name is Kathy Northcott. I have worked as a Justice Court Clerk for 16 years and I have been Master Clerk Certified since 2012. I am the mother of 5, grandmother of 14, and soon to be the great-grandmother of 1.


    Kim Raulston
    Rockwall County
    Population Size: 94,000
    Number of Clerks in Office: 2
    Computer System: Odyssey
    Area(s) of Expertise: Civil
    Office: (972) 204-6740
    Email:
    jp1court@rockwallcountytexas.com  

    Biography:

    My career with JP1 started in 2006 as a traffic clerk. In 2008, I was promoted to Chief Assistant having experience in traffic, criminal and civil areas. I earned my Master Clerk Certification in 2013. I’m always looking for ways to improve professionally and I believe the program is a great opportunity to share knowledge and experience with new Clerks. As well as learn and grow from new information and networking with like minds.


    Jennifer Salaiz
    Duval County
    Population Size: 11,533
    Number of Clerks in Office: 1
    Computer System: PTS Solutions, Inc.
    Area(s) of Expertise: Civil and Criminal
    Office: (361) 279-6218
    Email:
    Jennifer.salaiz@co.duval.tx.us

    Biography:

    My name is Jennifer Salaiz I have worked for Duval County Justice of the Peace Pct. 1 for five years, and I love what I do. I take pride in doing my work to the best of my ability. 

  • Chelsie Adams
    Denton County
    Population Size: 734,940
    Number of Clerks in Office: 5
    Computer System: Odyssey
    Area(s) of Expertise: Traffic, evictions, debt claim and small claims
    Office: (972) 434-7100
    Email:
    chelsie.adams@dentoncounty.com

     

    Biography:

    I am currently the Chief Clerk for Denton County Justice of the Peace, Pct. 6. I have been a clerk for 14 years. I hold a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Texas Woman’s University.


    Charla Airheart
    Brown County
    Population Size: 38,106
    Number of Clerks in Office: 3
    Computer System: NetData
    Area(s) of Expertise: Civil and criminal
    Office: (325) 643-5962
    Email:
    charla.airheart@browncountytx.org

    Biography:

    My name is Charla Airheart and I have been a Justice Court Clerk for seven years and a Master Clerk since 2015. I worked for 4 Justices of the Peace for 5 years and have been the Justice Court Administrator for the past 2 years. I enjoy helping people, hunting, fishing, cake decorating and most of all, my family. I'm excited to be a part of this program. I feel it will help me in my position as well as other clerks.


    Diana Cole
    Parker County
    Population Size: 117,000
    Number of Clerks in Office: 6
    Computer System: Odyssey
    Area(s) of Expertise: All
    Office: (817) 598-6086
    Email:
    diana.cole@parkercountytx.com

    Biography:

    I have been a Chief Clerk in Parker County for 30 years under three Judges.  Two of the Judges were newly elected, and I assisted them as they became familiar with their new duties.  I have been a Master Clerk since 2011.  During the past 30 years I have attended court personnel seminars every year so I have accumulated many hours of education and have developed friendships with clerks in other counties which allows us to help each other throughout the years. I have trained many new clerks and have mentored the Chief Clerks in the other three courts in our county when they were first appointed Chief Clerk.  I have participated in implementing Tyler Technologies Legacy and then Odyssey computer systems. I am always happy to help anyone however I can and believe that I never stop learning about this office.


    Shawna Goerlitz
    Brazos County
    Population Size: 209,152
    Number of Clerks in Office: 3
    Computer System: Odyssey
    Area(s) of Expertise: Any (no truancy)
    Office: (979) 361-4195
    Email:
    sgoerlitz@brazoscountytx.gov  

    Biography:

    I was the Chief Clerk for Washington County Justice of the Peace, Precinct 3 through December 2014.  Beginning in March 2010, I was the only clerk in that office requiring me to have knowledge all aspects of our office.  In January 2015, I began my career in Brazos County.  My office handles everything except truancy.  Currently, I serve as the unofficial JP contact person for issues with procedures, documents and offenses in our Odyssey system.  I also currently serve as the Treasurer for the Governmental Collectors Association of Texas.  If I do not know the answer, I will research it to find the answer. I believe networking is a very useful tool in this industry. 


    Cynthia Hale
    Parker County
    Population Size: 116,900
    Number of Clerks in Office: 5
    Computer System: Odyssey
    Area(s) of Expertise: Any (civil and criminal)
    Office: (682) 229-2171
    Email:
    Cynthia.hale@parkercountytx.com

    Biography:

    I think that I would be a great mentor because I have done everything in the Justice Court. I started out as a criminal clerk in 2001, then I became the first collection’s clerk for our court in 2007, and then became the Court Coordinator in 2015. I have been with the Justice Court for over 16 years. We started out with only two full time clerks and now have five. I have been through two Tyler Technology implementations, Legacy and Odyssey. I, along with two other JP clerks, helped implement and structure our Counties Collection’s Improvement Program and have passed the mandated OCA Audit. I have successfully educated myself on all the aspects of every duty in the Justice Court office. I am a Master Clerk and have numerous hours of education hours in my 16 ½ years of service. I have trained six criminal clerks in our court and I have several other JP clerk’s in our county and other counties calling to ask for my process and knowledge on a variety of issues regarding civil and criminal situations. I don’t know everything, but I do know I can research and help find the answers if I do not know it. I feel that helping others is helping me. Every day I learn something new and I like to share that with others. Sometimes just talking it over with someone helps the both of us.


    Gloria Larriviere
    Tarrant County
    Population Size: 1.945 million
    Number of Clerks in Office: 3
    Computer System: Odyssey
    Area(s) of Expertise: Civil cases, pre and post judgment
    Office: (817) 481-8112
    Email:
    gclarriviere@tarrantcounty.com  

    Biography:

    My name is Gloria Larriviere. I have worked for Tarrant County, Precinct 3 for almost 4 years. I find my job both challenging and rewarding. My priorities include communication, teamwork and helping people in any way that I can. I am excited to be a part of this program!


    Heather Montoya
    Tarrant County
    Population Size: 1.98 million
    Number of Clerks in Office: 7
    Computer System: Odyssey
    Area(s) of Expertise: Civil (pre and post) and Evictions
    Office: (817) 481-8112
    Email:
    hmmontoya@tarrantcounty.com

    Biography:

    I have worked for Tarrant County, Justice of the Peace, Precinct 3, for the last five years. I have been in the Criminal Justice Field for the past eight and half years with my first years of service being with Johnson County Adult Probation. I have been the acting Assistant Court Manger for the last two and half years. I absolutely love what I do and never get tired of learning new things! I’ve been looking for ways to become more involved with the Training Center and think this would be a great opportunity.


    Christine Powell

    Angelina County
    Population Size: 90,000
    Number of Clerks in Office: 3
    Computer System: Odyssey
    Area(s) of Expertise: Civil
    Email:
    cpowell@angelinacounty.net  


    Biography:

    I have been working for Judge Ball for five years. Our office stays busy as we are stationed in the same building as the Jail and the Sheriff’s office as well as being in the city. I enjoy what I do and learn something new every day!


    Shonda Powell
    Collin County
    Population Size: 778,427
    Number of Clerks in Office: 5
    Computer System: Odyssey
    Area(s) of Expertise: Criminal and Texas Parks & Wildlife
    Office: (972) 782-8671
    Email:
    spowell@co.collin.tx.us

    Biography:

    I have been a Legal Clerk for 19 years in the same court. I have worked Criminal, Civil and School cases.


    Krysta Sebring
    Tarrant County
    Population Size: 1.8 million
    Number of Clerks in Office: 3
    Computer System: Odyssey
    Area(s) of Expertise: Occupational Driver Licenses and Truancy
    Office: (817) 481-8112
    Email:
    knsebring@tarrantcounty.com 

    Biography:

    I am 30 years old and enjoy spending time with family and friends, watching sports, and I love animals! I have been working in the court system for 4 ½ years and absolutely love my job! Before I began my career here, I worked as a Life Skills Aide in the Special Ed Department with Carroll Independent School District for 5 years. I attended the University of North Texas and received my degree in Psychology with a minor in Criminal Justice. I have always been extremely interested in our Criminal Justice System. I find my job very interesting and love learning new things. I would love to have the opportunity to help others the way I was helped when I first came here and hopefully lead them to the same enjoyment and satisfaction within their own jobs as I have within mine!!


    Elsa Sieg
    Tarrant County
    Population Size: 2 million
    Number of Clerks in Office: 8
    Computer System: Odyssey
    Area(s) of Expertise: Civil suites (small claims, debt claims, order of retrieval, writ of restoration, writ of re-entry, etc.)
    Email:
    emsieg@tarrantcounty.com  

    Biography:

    My name is Elsa Sieg. I have been working for Tarrant County since June 2004. I first started as a clerk in the constable’s office and was there for a year then transferred to the Justice of the peace in July 2005. I got my level 1 certification March 2008 and my Master certification April 2011. I have been on the civil desk since 2008. I am very knowledgeable when it comes to civil cases.


    Kathy Sutton
    Taylor County
    Population Size: 130,000
    Number of Clerks in Office: 3
    Computer System: Odyssey
    Area(s) of Expertise: Criminal and Reporting Requirements
    Office: (325) 674-1267
    Email:
    jp1-2@taylorcountytexas.org

    Biography:

    I have more than 28 years of experience working for the Justice of the Peace in Taylor County. During that time, I have gained extensive knowledge as to all the workings of the Justice Court. In the past 28 plus years, I have attended additional job-related training of 16-26 hours per year to keep abreast of the new laws, how it affects our court and how to implement them into our procedures. While working full time, I attended Cisco College and Texas Tech University to receive an associate degree in business/accounting. I was hired as Chief Justice Court Clerk and Supervisor on January 1, 1989. I obtained my clerk certification in June 2003 and received my Master clerk certification in March 2013. I have hired, trained and supervised several clerks during my tenure.

  • Leticia Garcia
    Bexar County
    Population Size: 1.9 million
    Number of Clerks in Office: 21
    Computer System: AMCAD
    Area(s) of Expertise: Misdemeanor, with the exception of truancy
    Office: (210) 335-4510
    Email:
    leticiagarcia@bexar.org   

    Biography:

    I have 17 years’ experience working as a clerk with Justice of the Peace in Bexar County. Three out of the 17 years as a Justice Court Manager for Precinct 1 and still like to help fellow clerks when needed. I am a tech savvy clerk and love to do legal research when needed for Judge Tejeda. I feel a sense of accomplishment when I find the answers, but also am not afraid to say I do not know. There is nothing wrong with not knowing everything because every day you learn something new or try to improve on something else. I have encouraged all the staff to get certified and be proud of it. When I recently took the Master Clerk exam and passed, I was not looking for extra money, it was something I wanted to do for myself. I love to train; I am always willing to help whenever needed and I love new things and challenges.


    John Marron
    Harris County
    Population Size: 4.4 million
    Number of Clerks in Office: 24
    Computer System: Odyssey
    Area(s) of Expertise: Civil and criminal (mostly traffic)
    Email:
    john_marron@jp.hctx.net 

    Biography:

    My name is John Marron, and I am a supervisor/administrator for Harris County - Justice of the Peace 1-1. I have been working in the Justice Court for Harris County for 11+ years. I started in the Traffic department, later worked in the Civil department and then worked as the internal auditor for my office. I have experience in entering, processing and disposing Traffic cases (including handling trial dockets) and I have the same experience in the Civil Department. As the internal auditor – I handle depositing monies for the court and any issues with the Harris County Auditor office. The Justice Court Training Center has been a great influence in my education and knowledge of the Justice Court system. I am excited to find out about this new program and am happy to help in any way I can.