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Weaver to run for fifth term as court clerk

May 16, 2002|BY MARLO BARNHART

marlob@herald-mail.com

Dennis Weaver filed this week for a fifth term as Clerk of the Washington County Circuit Court on the 29th anniversary to the day of his hiring.

Weaver, a Democrat, was elected to his first term in 1986 after 13 years as a deputy clerk. Since that first election, Weaver, 48, has run unopposed.

The Clerk of the Washington County Circuit Court makes $72,100 a year. Weaver's treasurer is Joe Hamilton.

The office processes documents filed with the Washington County Circuit Court, records deeds, mortgages and other records as well as issues business and marriage licenses and performs civil marriage ceremonies.

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"In fiscal year 2001, this office collected more than $7.6 million in fees and recording taxes," Weaver said. "Of that, about $5 million went to Washington County and the county's nine incorporated towns while the remaining $2.6 million went to the state."

Weaver said this is an exciting time to be involved in the court system in Maryland.

"The courts are going through a period of rapid evolution right now," he said.

He described the changes as coming at a record pace in terms of both technology and personality.

"There is a national movement to improve the public image of the courts," Weaver said.

The goal is to move cases faster and be more user-friendly, and Maryland is right out there with the leaders in many of those changes, Weaver said.

Stressing the importance of being involved on a state level, Weaver noted that he was president of the Maryland Circuit Court Clerks' Association in 2000 and 2001. He also served as chair of the Conference of Circuit Court Clerks in 1998 and 1999.

As for the local clerk's office, Weaver said just about everything is or soon will be automated. During Weaver's current term, an electronic filing system for subdivision plats was installed in Washington County.

And Weaver said this county is serving as a pilot site for an automated business license system. In July, an electronic filing system for deeds and mortgages will be installed in Washington County.

Weaver and his wife, Cindy, are the parents of a son, Jesse, 20, and a daughter, Lindsay, 18.

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