POSTED ON MARCH 28, 2012:
Sally Howe Smith seeking reelection. Republican Tulsa County Court Clerk Sally Howe Smith has announced she will seek reelection to the post she has held since 1993.
"My mission has always been to spoil everyone who needs the services of the Court Clerk's office," Howe Smith said.
What began as a summer job in the Traffic Division of the court clerk's office in 1971 led Howe Smith to a full time career and eventually to seek the elected office.
Under Howe Smith's leadership, Tulsa County created a pilot program with a collection agency to improve payment in criminal cases. The successful program increased collections to over $10 million. Last year, the Supreme Court mandated use of this system in all 77 counties in Oklahoma.
The Tulsa County Court Clerk's Office has also been very active in assisting with development of a unified case management system that will be used for all Oklahoma counties for district court and all appellate courts. Scheduled to begin 2013, this will be the most comprehensive case management system in the United States.
Howe Smith said her concern for jurors involved in trials exposing them to graphic exhibits and grave situations led her to bring in the mental health community and law enforcement chaplains to create a pamphlet for jurors for use after difficult trials.
Howe Smith graduated from the University of Tulsa in 1976, and attended TU's law school from 1977 to 1978. She is married to former Senator Jerry L. Smith.
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