County clerk tries third time period

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Jefferson County Clerk Shawndra Taggart introduced her intentions to hunt a 3rd time period.

Taggart was first elected in 2016, operating unopposed within the Jefferson County Democratic major. She once more ran unopposed within the 2018 major and was subsequently elected to a four-year time period, after Arkansas voters handed Situation 1, a constitutional modification to increase the size of phrases for government county officers from two to 4 years, in keeping with a information launch.

Earlier than being elected, Taggart labored in each division inside the county clerk’s workplace, finally being appointed because the chief deputy county clerk.

Her expertise additionally extends past Jefferson County, having labored within the workplace of the tax collector in Washington County, the place she was liable for gathering and sustaining the tax information.

As Jefferson County clerk, Taggart is the official voter registrar of the county. Her duties additionally embrace issuing marriage licenses in addition to recording credentials for ordained ministers, probate authorized issues, incorporation paperwork issued by the secretary of state, and county courtroom paperwork.

“Once I introduced my candidacy for the very first time, my focus was on bettering the general effectivity of operations inside the Workplace of the County Clerk,” Taggart stated. “I felt a way of obligation to work in the direction of the implementation of operational modifications that may enable personnel to carry out at the next stage, whereas offering residents the providers they so rightfully deserve however with even better effectively.”

Whereas in workplace, Taggart has applied a number of modifications, together with the power for residents to immediately search very important information equivalent to marriage information on-line; automation of the method to concern marriage licenses by way of signature pad and ID-scanning expertise; multi-fund claims procedures inside accounts payable to eradicate extra waste; probate digital submitting system for simpler entry to probate information; juror payout system for ease of fee to jurors and elimination of the normal hand-written examine.

“It has been an honor and privilege to serve the residents of Jefferson County. If given the chance, I stay up for persevering with my service and promise to proceed to make enhancements to the providers that we render with a purpose to assist scale back prices to the taxpayers by way of nice effectivity,” she stated.

A 1998 graduate of Pine Bluff Excessive College, Taggart earned a bachelor’s diploma in sociology on the College of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. Taggart additionally holds grasp’s levels in each human assets administration and enterprise administration from Webster College.

Taggart is a life member of the NAACP, board member for the Kids’s Advocacy Heart, president of the Pine Bluff Regional Chamber of Commerce Chairman’s Membership, member of the Jefferson County Boys and Women Membership Board of Administrators, and member of the Delta Omega Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc.

Taggart is the mom of Justice and Madison Taggart and the spouse of Maurice Taggart.

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