Judge Karen Conrad swore Gina Lyle in as Henry County Circuit Court Clerk Friday morning with Lyle’s family, friends and staff in attendance.
Lyle celebrates 24 years of working in the department this month and considers her position one of service for the county and community.
“I am very excited and very proud,” Lyle said. “I feel really blessed and want to thank the people of Henry County for putting me where I am and believing in me.”
Lyle replaces Mary Lou Roberts who retired last week after 30 years of service in the Henry County Circuit Clerk of Courts.
Roberts and Lyle worked in the department together since 1988 before Roberts was elected Circuit Clerk of Courts in 2005. There wasn’t a day Lyle said that she decided she would one day run for office, but it seemed a natural progression given her time in the career and experience.
“Mary Lou and I would have conversations about it (Lyle running for the position), but I never had it in my mind,” Lyle said. “I have a great staff and I am really excited. It hasn’t sunk in yet.”
Lyle won the race against Magistrate Nick Hawkins in May 1,072 votes to 927 and is glad the race is over.
“I couldn’t have it without God and my family,” Lyle said. “We are not politicians.”
With the sheriff’s department moving out of the courthouse, the court offices will be rearranged and Lyle thinks this will help logistically with day-to-day functions.
“With every office now being on the first floor, the public can receive their services on the first floor as well,” Lyle said. “The district court office will be used as a family court room and a waiting room. The public will have somewhere to wait instead of being packed in the halls on Tuesdays when we have juvenile court and driver’s license testing.”
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