By Sarah Pridgeon
Republican Tina Wood has announced that she will campaign to retain her position for a further four years at this year’s elections. She has served as Clerk of District Court for 19 years, and for eight years before that as deputy.
“I enjoy my job and I have the utmost respect for the people that we work for,” she says.
“It is my obligation and duty to provide the most professional, knowledgeable and friendly service possible.”
Her campaign, she says, will be based on her proven experience, service, integrity and leadership. Her number one priority is always to serve the residents of Crook County to her utmost ability.
“It is up to the voters to elect the most qualified candidate to these county positions, and it is up to the persons elected to uphold the duties of their respective offices,” she says.
“My years of experience show the dedication I have to the office.”
During her current term, Wood says that her biggest achievement has been to work alongside four other clerks of District Court to design a case management system. She was initially appointed by her peers to be the lead member of the design committee.
After a five-year development period, the program went live on the system on August 26, 2013. As of March 3 this year, all 23 counties now use it.
Each of the 23 clerks in the state compromised so that everyone is now using the same procedure, she explains. The months ahead will see the program refined and enhancements added to make sure the system works exactly as it needs to.
In the future, a calendar will be added for the District Judge Office, as well as e-filing. Wood serves on the committee for the former enhancement.
“For the last two years, we have also been working on the preservation of district court records,” she adds, highlighting another recent achievement.
Wood is thankful to the County Commissioners for granting the funding to be able to tackle this much-needed task. Starting with the late 1800s, all records of criminal, civil and probate cases are in the process of being scanned into the computer.
Now, if something should happen to the courthouse vault in which the hard copies are stored, a back-up version will be available. Wood opted to scan the documents into a computer database rather than use microfilm as this was the more “fiscally responsible” option.
Wood serves on the Sixth Judicial Child Support Authority Board and is the Supreme Court’s appointee to the Wyoming Court Technology Advisory Committee. She is past president of the Wyoming Clerks of District Court Association and has served on both the Child Support Enforcement Legislative Committee and the Wyoming Clerks Advisory Committee.
After graduating from Sundance High School, Wood attended Casper College and Chadron State College before graduating from the Denver Paralegal Institute in 1985. She has lived in Crook County for most of her life, is married to Steve Wood and has three sons.