Several new elected officials have taken charge throughout Harris County government, including newly sworn in Harris County Clerk Stan Stanart.
Stanart has some big shoes to fill. He replaces fellow republican Beverly Kaufman who decided not to seek reelection after more than two decades.
I didn’t get to make it to Stanart’s event. I’m posting a news release from his office:
Houston, TX, – In the company of family, friends, supporters and staff, incoming Harris County Clerk Stan Stanart vowed to follow in his predecessor’s successful footsteps and use his technological expertise to fine-tune an already productive and efficient office. County Clerk Stanart was sworn in at 12:01 p.m. on Sat., Jan. 1, 2011 by County Judge Ed Emmett, along with other newly elected officials, before a standing room only crowd.
“I am deeply honored and thankful to the citizenry of the third largest county in the United States for entrusting me with the responsibility of leading a very distinguished office,” said County Clerk Stanart who is replacing Beverly Kaufman who retired after 17 years in office.
In Harris County, the County Clerk serves as clerk for the Commissioners Court, Probate Courts and County Civil Courts at Law. The clerk also is recorder of vital documents such as Property Records, Marriage Licenses, Assumed Name Certificates, Birth Records and Death Records. The clerk is also the County’s chief election officer and responsible for the conduct of county, state and federal elections.
“The functions managed by the County Clerk are vast. I am charged with the privilege of recording the significant events of a citizen’s life, from birth to death. For this reason, I will exert great effort to make sure these duties are completed in a judicious, cost effective and professional manner. Ensuring that the public is well served during my tenure”, concluded County Clerk Stanart.