Kather­ine Hager takes oath as Clerk of the Court

Record Observer - - NEWS - By DOUG BISHOP [email protected]­times.com

CEN­TRE­VILLE — Kather­ine Hager be­came the 30th Clerk of the Court in the his­tory of Queen Anne’s County Mon­day, Dec. 3, in­side the his­toric Queen Anne’s County Court House. That fact was an­nounced by pre­sid­ing Cir­cuit Court Judge Thomas Ross, just prior to his ad­min­is­ter­ing Hager with her oath of of­fice.

The in­vesti­ture cer­e­mony be­gan with out­go­ing Clerk of the Court Scott Macglashan thank­ing those who at­tended for com­ing and then asked for a mo­ment of si­lence for for­mer Pres­i­dent Ge­orge Her­bert Walker Bush.

Macglashan said, “To­day, you and I will wit­ness the pass­ing of the torch … but more im­por­tantly, I want to thank you, my fel­low cit­i­zens, in se­lect­ing Kather­ine Hager as our next Clerk of the Court. Trust me, you will not be dis­ap­pointed.”

Queen Anne’s County As­sis­tant States At­tor­ney Michael Cuches pre­sented a re­sumé of Hager’s ca­reer. Here are just a few of her qual­i­fi­ca­tions: She grad­u­ated from Lynch­burg Col­lege with a BA in So­ci­ol­ogy; grad­u­ated from the In­sti­tute for Court Man­age­ment Pro­gram and re­ceived the ti­tle of “Cer­ti­fied Court Ex­ec­u­tive and Cour t Man­ager” from the Na­tional Cen­ter for State Courts lo­cated in Wil­liams­burg, VA. In 2011, she earned the Ju­di­cial Ad­min­is­tra­tion Cer­tifi­cate, af­ter com­plet­ing a five-year pro­gram from Michi­gan State Univer­sity.

She is thor­oughly trained in court lead­er­ship, case flow man­age­ment, in­for­ma­tion and tech­nol­ogy, com­mu­nity com­mu­ni­ca­tion, vi­sion and strate­gic plan­ning, Cuches said.

Hager brings 27 years of ex­pe­ri­ence in the Clerk’s Of­fice with 15 years of ex­pe­ri­ence in lead­er­ship serv­ing as Chief Deputy Clerk.

Dur­ing her col­lege years, she worked three sum­mers,

1993-1995, for the Bal­ti­more County Cir­cuit Court Clerk’s Of­fice. Her se­nior year in col­lege, she worked part-time in the Bed­ford County Cir­cuit Court in Vir­ginia. In late 1996, she re­ceived her first full-time po­si­tion work­ing for the Cir­cuit Court of Howard County. There, she was ap­pointed Chief Deputy Clerk of Court for Howard County. In April,

2006, she was ap­pointed as Chief Deputy of the Cir­cuit Court from Queen Anne’s County un­der the ad­min­is­tra­tion of Clerk Scott Macglashan. Her en­tire pro­fes­sional ca­reer has been with the courts. Hager doesn’t hes­i­tate to tell peo­ple, “This is my pas­sion, serv­ing here!”

Hager’s in­vesti­ture cer­e­mony was at­tended not only by friends and as­so­ciates from the QA Cir­cuit Court Of­fice, but also the clos­est mem­bers of her fam­ily, hus­band Kenny Hager, their son Seth Hager, her mother Sandy Beane, sis­ter Mary Beth, and niece Mor­gan.

Fol­low­ing the cer­e­mony, those who at­tended were in­vited for light re­fresh­ments across the street at to see the new Clerk of the Court of­fices in­side the new court house not yet of­fi­cially opened.

Hager is a mem­ber of Cen­tre­ville United Methodist Church and has served as su­per­in­ten­dent of Sun­day school there. She plays hand bells in the church’s hand bell choir, she is a mem­ber of the Cen­tre­ville Ro­tary Club and a mem­ber of the Ch­e­sa­peake Re­pub­li­can Women’s Club. She is a Char­ac­ter Counts coach in Queen Anne’s County Pub­lic Schools. She re­sides with her fam­ily in Cen­tre­ville.

PHOTO BY DOUG BISHOP

Newly elected Queen Anne’s County Clerk of the Cir­cuit Court Kather­ine Hager, left, re­ceives her oath of of­fice from Cir­cuit Court Judge Thomas Ross while Kather­ine’s hus­band, Kenny Hager looks on. The in­vesti­ture cer­e­mony was held Mon­day af­ter­noon, Dec. 3, in­side the his­toric court house in Cen­tre­ville. Seated be­hind Kather­ine, her mother, Sandy Beane, and Car­olyn Macghashan, who served as Kather­ine’s cam­paign trea­surer.

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