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Rick Hemphill appointed chief deputy clerk

January 19, 1999

Rick L. Hemphill has been sworn in as chief deputy clerk of the Washington County Circuit Court, assuming a position that had been officially unfilled for 16 years.

Hemphill's duties will not change with the new title that became official last Thursday, Circuit Court Clerk Dennis J. Weaver said.

Weaver said no one has held the title since the previous chief deputy clerk retired in 1983. Since then, the office was divided into four departments, each headed by a supervisor.

Weaver said Hemphill had been performing administrative tasks and received pay comparable to a chief deputy clerk.

"Rick does most of the duties that a chief deputy clerk does. This recognizes that," he said.

Without the title, Hemphill was shut out of several statewide organizations that were open only to court clerks and chief deputy clerks. One of those, the Conference of Circuit Courts, was formed in 1997 by Chief Judge Robert M. Bell, Weaver said.

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"One of the great advantages is that it allows me to take a greater part in committees and organizations that are statewide in nature," Hemphill said.

- Brendan Kirby

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