The County & District Clerk’s Association of Texas Region VI held their spring meeting in Tyler on Wednesday, March 25, 2015.
Organizers said it was the largest turnout ever for a Region VI meeting. The meetings are held twice a year in the spring and fall.
Smith County District Clerk Lois Rogers and Smith County Clerk Karen Phillips helped organize the all-day event held at Staybridge Suites.
Smith County Judge Joel Baker opened the conference by welcoming the group.
“The knowledge and experience that is represented in this group is impressive to say the least,” Judge Baker said. “You are the heart and soul of county business for 35-plus counties. Your offices are the repository of countless county records and information. Without the services that our county and district clerks provide, county business operations would cease.”
Mrs. Rogers said it has been years since the meeting was held in Tyler.
“It was a good turnout,” Mrs. Phillips said.
About 75 county and district clerks from 38 East Texas counties and 15 vendors attended the meeting. Four speakers, including former Van Zandt County Judge Rhita Koches and former Smith County District Judge Cynthia Kent, talked about issues affecting district and county clerks.
The clerks learned about Legislative updates and any changes expected in their fields. It also allowed them to network.
“Events like this meeting give you a great opportunity to network and see what is working for other counties that you can carry back to your home location,” Judge Baker said.
Wood County Clerk Kelley Price and Navarro County District Clerk Joshua Tackett also organized the event.