Office: Shelby County Circuit Clerk
Political experience: Appointed circuit clerk in 1999; elected in 2000, 2006 and 2012.
Professional experience: Circuit clerk, 1999-present; more than 26 years’ experience working in the clerk’s office; chief magistrate, 1983-99; deputy court clerk, 1995-99; 30 years as absentee election manager; member, Shelby County Legal Secretaries Association, Shelby County FOP-voted Member of the Year, 1996; board member, Shelby County Community Corrections; secretary, Shelby County Jury Commission; member Shelby County Judicial Administrative Fund Committee; former member, Shelby County Adult Drug Court; member, State Drug Court Coordinating Committee; member, Shelby County Mediation Fund Committee; active in Alabama Circuit Clerk’s Association; served on state committee to update the juror automated system; former member,
State Employees Appeal Board; served on committee to update the records retention schedule for the State Court System; initiated a certification program for District Court magistrates; member, executive subcommittee, Future of the Courts Commission and Courthouse Security Committee; member, state Opioid Abuse Task Force, 2017; chair, Absentee Voting Task Force, 2017.
Civic experience: Former elder and Sunday school teacher, First Presbyterian Church of Alabaster; organized fundraiser for the Alabaster Fire Department to buy infrared equipment for each fire station; secretary-treasurer, Christian Fellowship of Law Enforcement Officers/EMS personnel.
Main issues: Harris highlighted her record making the office more efficient. She said she switched the office to be paperless, and says the office is up-to-date on its paperwork and compliant with all required audits.
“Due to my knowledge of the court system, I am frequently asked to mentor new circuit clerks statewide, train absentee elections managers at the county and municipal levels and to train and certify District Court magistrates,” she said.
Top contributors: Mary H. Harris, $500; Boardman Carr Law Firm, $250; Joy Gipson, $200.