Friday, April 18, 2014
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Bell County District Clerk retires after 35 years

Special to the Journal

After 35 years of service to the citizens of Bell County, District Clerk, Shelia Norman announced that she will not seek re-election in 2014.  The announcement indicates an end to Norman’s 5 terms as District Clerk. Norman was elected in 1994.  Prior to being elected, she worked in the Bell County Attorney’s Office, as the office manager of the Hot Check Department.
“I have always considered it an honor and privilege to serve the citizens and courts of Bell County.   I have done my best to serve with honesty, integrity, and Christian ethics.” Norman stated.
During her tenure, she has seen the County offices advance from typewriters to computers to cyberspace technology.  Norman brought new commitments and new technology to the District Clerk’s Office.  She oversees the safekeeping of more than 350,000 district court civil, family and felony records, dating back to 1852. She has carried out the financial responsibility of maintaining approximately $4 million in court cost; minors trust accounts and juror payments annually.
“The staff of 28 is very talented and dedicated employees who have served the courts and citizens of Bell County.  I am very grateful for their service and it has been an honor and privilege to work by their side throughout the years.” Norman stated.
Regularly and willingly Norman has supported the community by volunteering her time to civic and charitable organizations, including board positions on the Texas District Courts Alliance and the Texas County and District Clerk Association.
Norman stated: “I am the luckiest person on Earth. Every day, I have gone to a job I dearly love”.