May 8, 2012

Two vie for county clerk position

May 8, 2012 Staff Writer Ted King

There are two candidates vying to replace outgoing Mayes County Clerk Rita Littlefield.

Bobbie Martin and Brittany True are Democrats. No Republican or Independent filed. This race will be decided in the June 26 primary. The county clerk is the principle record-keeper for the county, preserving all legal records by private citizens and public officials.

The clerk is the secretary to the county commissioners, the Excise Board, the Tax Roll Corrections Board and the Board of Equalization. The county clerk has no voting rights on any board or commission. The county clerk is responsible for payroll and serves as the retirement coordinator for all county employees. The clerk is the purchasing agent for all county departments and reviews claims against the county.

Martin, 51, graduated from Adair High School in 1978. She has been married to Alva Martin (county commissioner for District 1) for 31 years. They have two sons, Josh, 29, and Jerrod, 26. Both graduated from Adair High School. For the past 6 1/2 years, she has worked in the county treasurer’s office. Prior to that, she worked for eight years in the county clerk’s office.

Martin has obtained her county clerk’s certification and has completed an additional 66 hours of training. Martin said she is familiar with the county’s financial structure and operations. Martin has balanced the County Clerk’s Appropriation Ledger for the County Sales Tax Revolving Fund and Public Facility Authority Fund. Martin said these funds had been out of balance for several years.

Martin said that a problem for the county is that the general fund has run out of money in years past before the taxes are collected. Martin said she would work with the county commissioners and the excise board to build up a cushion to prevent that in the future. “I believe I have a lot to offer,” Martin said.

True, 28, graduated from Pryor High School in 2002. She is the daughter of Sherman and Rhonda True. She was reared on a dairy farm outside of Pryor. She has worked in the county clerk’s office since 2004. True said she has worked in every department of the office. True started out in land records, where she worked four years. She worked in payroll and said in that post she worked closely with the purchasing agent.

True said her qualification for the office is that she knows every aspect of the office and would always be able to turn to Littlefield, the outgoing clerk, for advice.

True said she has received her certification through the Oklahoma State University County Government Training Program and continues her education to obtain advanced certification.

True said one improvement she would like to implement is allowing people to use a credit or debit card to file a deed. The office now accepts cash, check or money order.

True said she has been endorsed by Littlefield. True said she believes Littlefield has done “a fantastic job” and she wants to continue Littlefield’s example.

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