Du­vall seeks cir­cuit court clerk post

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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

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