Judge: Jones will be appointed district clerk on June 30
Cheryl Jones and employees in the Brown County District Clerk's office agreed: Jones will have "big shoes to fill" after current District Clerk Jan Brown steps down on June 30 and Jones is appointed to the office.
But Jones and the deputy district clerks she'll soon be leading are excited about Jones' arrival in the office.
Brown, who has been district clerk since 1984, informed District Judge Steve Ellis on June 2 that she is not going to finish her term, which ends Dec. 31, and is stepping down on June 30 for health reasons.
Jones ran for election as district clerk in the in the Brown County Republican Party primary, finishing first in a three-way race and prevailing in the May 27 runoff.
Jones will complete Brown's unexpired term, and since Jones was elected in the primary election and does not have Democratic opponent, it is anticipated that she will begin serving her first elected term in January.
A reception for Brown is tentatively scheduled from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on June 30, and Ellis will swear in Jones as district clerk when the reception ends.
"I'm just really excited about getting started," Jones said during a brief interview Ellis' office, where Jones currently works as assistant court coordinator.
Jones said she "thinks the world" of the staff she'll inherit from Brown. "They do a great job," Jones said.
"They're honest. They're friendly. They're skilled at what they do. You can't ask for a better group than that. I'm thrilled to have the opportunity to work with them."
Jones said Brown has done "an incredible job" as district clerk, and she hopes the help she'll receive from Brown and the staff will create a smooth transition.
Deputy district clerk Sheena Cantwell said Brown will be missed. "But we look forward to working with Cheryl Jones," Cantwell said.
"Jan will be missed, and although she will be leaving some pretty big shoes to fill, we feel confident that Cheryl Jones is …"
"The person to do that," deputy clerk Becky Dudley said, finishing Cantwell's
Deputy clerk Amanda Bundick said she's talked with Jones and based on those conversations, she believes Jones "is eager to learn and get started. She's got a lot of good ideas. She's nice to the public."
Jones grew up in Houston and has lived in Brown County for nearly three decades. She is married to Mike Jones, who works as the loss prevention specialist for McCoy’s Building Supply.