Hager wins Clerk of Cir­cuit Court race

Record Observer - - Front Page - By AN­GELA PRICE bay­times@kibay­times.com

CEN­TRE­VILLE — Kather­ine Hager of Cen­tre­ville will be Queen Anne’s County’s next clerk of cir­cuit court, suc­ceed­ing Scott MacGlashan, who served six terms and en­dorsed her. She won the Repub­li­can nom­i­na­tion against two other can­di­dates in the Pri­mary Tues­day, June 26; there is no Demo­cratic can­di­date.

Hager re­ceived 2,704 votes; Earl Beville re­ceived 1,177 votes; and Roger Twigg re­ceived 406 votes.

“It’s a great honor to be elected as the next Clerk of Court for Queen Anne’s County,” Hager said. “And it’s a great honor to be chief deputy clerk of court to to Scott MacGlashan these last 12 years.”

“I look for­ward to con­tin­u­ing the mis­sion of the ju­di­ciary by pro­vid­ing fair and eq­ui­tible acess to the courts as well as pro­vid­ing ef­fi­cient and ef­fec­tive ser­vices to the cit­i­zens we serve,” she con­tin­ued. “I wish to main­tain the pub­lic trust and con­fi­dence that should be ex­pected in this elected po­si­tion.”

Hager has 27 years of ex­pe­ri­ence in the clerk’s of­fice. She holds Court Ex­ec­u­tive and Court Man­age­ment cer­ti­fi­ca­tion. She said she has taken years of court

lead­er­ship cour­ses, in­clud­ing a five-year pro­gram from Michi­gan State Uni­ver­sity through the Mid-At­lantic As­so­ci­a­tion of Court Man­age­ment and an­other three-year pro­gram from the In­sti­tute for Court Man­age­ment’s Na­tional Cen­ter for State Courts pro­gram.

Most re­cently Hager was the project man­ager for the county clerk’s of­fice for the de­ploy­ment of the new elec­tronic case record

Mary­land Elec­tronic Courts. And she is a fac­ulty in­struc­tor for a Case­flow Man­age­ment course for the Mary­land Ju­di­ciary’s In­sti­tute for Court Man­age­ment Pro­gram.

“I en­joy be­ing part of the ad­min­is­tra­tion of jus­tice and I am very pas­sion­ate about it,” she said in an ear­lier in­ter­view.

Af­ter the re­sults were an­nounced, Beville ex­tended his con­grat­u­la­tions to Hager and his thanks to his sup­port­ers, es­pe­cially his fam­ily.

“I have so many won­der­ful mem­o­ries of these past

few months and con­ducted a pos­i­tive cam­paign and worked as hard as I could while do­ing so,” he said in a Face­book post. He said he gave the cam­paign his “hon­est best” and re­mained pos­i­tive through­out.

MacGlashan’s last day in of­fice will be Nov. 30. Hager will be sworn in on the first Mon­day in De­cem­ber, Dec. 3. Swear­ing in of­fi­cials is one of the clerk’s many du­ties. How­ever, Judge Thomas G. Ross will ad­min­is­ter Hager’s oath of­fice.

Re­porter Hannah Combs also con­trib­uted to this ar­ti­cle.

KATHER­INE HAGER

PHOTO BY ABBY PRICE

Kather­ine Hager cam­paigns for clerk of court out­side the Kent Is­land Li­brary Thursday morn­ing, June 14, the first day of early vot­ing.

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