County appoints Henry as clerk of court to replace McWilliams

Cascade County Commissioners voted 2-0 during their Nov. 12 meeting to appoint Tina Henry as the clerk of court effective Jan. 2 to fill the remainder of Faye McWillams’ term through Dec. 31, 2020.

McWilliams submitted her resignation in September, effective Jan. 2.

Henry is currently the chief deputy clerk of court and works on the criminal side at district court.

After McWilliams submitted her resignation, the county advertised for the position and received three applications.

McWilliams resigning as clerk of court

County commissioners conducted interviews on Nov. 5 and during Tuesday’s meeting, Commissioners Jane Weber and Jim Larson said it was a tough decision. Commissioner Joe Briggs was out of town.

McWilliams was appointed in January 2011 to fill the term of another clerk who had resigned and won a 2012 election to the four-year term. She ran again in 2016.

Her term would be up at the end of 2020.

Henry will have to run next year to keep the position.

McWilliams told The Electric in September that “it’s just time to retire and I’m looking forward to spending time with my family.”

She said she gave notice early of her intent to resign so the county had time to appoint someone to fill the remainder of her term and allow some overlap time for training and a smooth transition.

McWilliams started in the clerk’s office in 2001 as a file clerk, then worked as a jury clerk, then an appeals clerk and was then appointed as the clerk of court.

McWilliams supervises clerks in the civil and criminal divisions of the Cascade County district court. She said during her time there, the court has gotten busier.