Duvall seeks circuit court clerk post
EASTON — Kathi Dulan Duvall, a Talbot County native who has worked more than seven years in the circuit court clerk’s office, is seeking the top post in that office.
Duvall is the Republican candidate for Talbot County Clerk of the Circuit Court. She faces Democrat Monica D. Adkins in the general election.
Duvall has experience in nearly all aspects of the dayto-day operations of the circuit court clerk’s office.
She accepted her position with the clerk’s office in 2011, starting out in land records and licensing.
Three years into her career, Duvall was offered a position as judiciar y clerk. Her focus is with guardianship and child support cases and she assists with other family law cases, and sometimes even provides assistance with civil and criminal cases. She is experienced in both “back office” and courtroom case work.
In July 2016, Talbot County, along with other MidShore counties, transitioned to the Maryland Electronic Courts system (MDEC). This was a major undertaking and a major shift in how the office conducts business on a day-to-day basis. Duvall has received extensive training prior to implementation and that training continues as the system evolves and more counties are brought on board.
According to Duvall, the change in business process has been huge. It has greatly streamlined the filing of documents by attorneys.
Prior to joining the clerk’s office, Duvall spent many years in the private sector where she was an accounting and human resources manager for a manufacturing company. She also has been a small business owner and understands first-hand the value of great customer service, as well as effective staff management.
She has more than 30 years of accounting and human resources experience and extensive staff management and customer service experience.
While Duvall says she believes the clerk’s office has been managed very well by longtime Clerk Mary Ann Shortall over the years, Duvall’s experience “in the trenches” so to speak, will allow her to identify areas where improvements can be made.
Duvall has been endorsed by Shortall.
One of her main initiatives will be to focus on teamwork and communication, not just within the office, but also with the judge’s staff.
Duvall was born and raised in Easton and has lived in Talbot County most of her life.
She is married to Bob Duvall, who is part of Duvall Bros. Inc., a local excavation firm that has been in business since 1979.
Duvall is a member of the Elks Lodge 1622, Lady Patriots, and Tuckahoe Equestrian Center, and is a Waterfowl Festival volunteer.
KATHI DULIN DUVALL