Clay County Clerk Mary Brown was awarded the William "Bill" Mansard Outstanding Clerk of the Circuit Court Award at the Association of Indiana Counties 2008 Annual Conference Wednesday.
"It's a great way to end my term," Brown, who has served as Clerk of the Circuit Court since 2001, said. "I didn't realize just how much I have done in my eight years in office."
Brown said receiving the award came as a total shock, especially with the magnitude of the conference.
"I had no idea I would be receiving this, which I think is the best way for it to happen," she said. "There are conferences specifically for each office throughout the year, but the Association of Indiana Counties Annual Conference is the big one that incorporates all the offices. This is a huge honor."
While she is grateful to receive the award, Brown acknowledges that it has been a group effort to get her where she is today.
"My employees are the ones who truly make me look good," she said. "They are the ones the public talks to before they come to me, so a lot of the credit goes to them."
Brown told The Brazil Times she believes her biggest accomplishment has been implementing the current case management system into the clerk's offices and the courts.
"Public access to court documents has become easier because of it, but it was a struggle to get it up and running," Brown said. "It was one of the major technological changes we have made in recent years. Some have been good, some have been not so good, but we have all done our best to make things more efficient in the offices and courts."
Still in a bit of shock over receiving the award, Brown realizes there is still work to be done and that she cannot let this go to her head.
"It is great to receive this honor in front of so many of my peers, but our offices are entering the busiest time of the year," she said. "Part of the changes we have made since I have been in office is how we have handled elections and this year is especially important with it being a Presidential Election."