Office: Shelby County Circuit Court
Political experience: None
Professional experience: Chief magistrate for Shelby County, 2005-present; supervised every division of court (civil, family and criminal); past president of Shelby County Legal Secretary Association.
Education: Bachelor of Science degree in criminal justice from Faulkner University, 2010; Alpha Phi Sigma (National Criminal Justice Honor Society), 2010; continuing education through the Alabama Judicial College.
Civic experience: Attends Wildwood Chapel Church; awarded the 2017 Voice For Victims Award by the Central Alabama Chapter of VOCAL, SafeHouse of Shelby County and the Shelby County District Attorney’s Office.
Main issues: Cooper believes the clerk’s office can be improved.
“Our office has good employees, but I know that we can be better. The clerk’s office procedures have drastically changed in the past 10 years,” she said. “In 2018 the best administrator for the job of circuit clerk is someone that has evolved with these changes. You cannot be an effective leader if you do not have a working hands-on knowledge of how your employees do their everyday job. Technology does not frighten me; therefore, I will be able to lead by example.”
She added, “I will be able to take my 30-plus years of hands-on experience and my formal education and move our office forward. My vision for the Clerk’s Office is to be the most effective, welcoming and competent in the state.”
Top contributors: Sharon Cooper, $5,500; Jerry Bice, $3,500; Mack Ritch, $2,500.