Republican Rex Lynch will seek re-election to a second term as Anderson County Circuit Court clerk in May of 2022.
Lynch was elected in 2018, and he recognized several improvements that were necessary in the Circuit Court Clerk’s office, a press release said. He has implemented several changes in the office during his first term, helping to eliminate turnover and boosting morale and production, the press release said.
“We had to address several personnel issues to make the office function more efficiently for the Anderson County court system and for the citizens of Anderson County,” Lynch said in the press release. “The renewed confidence in the stability of the office has resulted in increased productivity and reduced turnover.”
Lynch has upgraded technology and added several improvements, including the installation of a modern archival filing system as well as new electronic docket boards, the press release said. Also, the establishment of procedural policies and internal audits have helped eliminate any audit issues since Lynch has taken over the office, resulting in zero audit findings by the state’s Comptroller’s Office, the release said.
“It was essential to have a staff who could be cross-trained in several different job duties within our office,” Lynch said in the press release. “We are continuing to make improvements to our services and helping to reduce costs to the taxpayers through greater efficiency. One of the first improvements made since taking office is having the senior clerks receive advanced training as judicial commissioners. They are able to assist law enforcement with processing criminal warrants in the Circuit Court Clerk’s office, saving valuable time for the officers, which has resulted in thousands of dollars being saved to city and county governments.”
Under Lynch’s term, the Circuit Court Clerk’s office has also added a program that allows community service options to pay court costs for indigent defendants, the press release said. Court cost collections are up more than $1 million since 2018, the release said. Lynch said the amount of excess funds turned over to the County General Fund is up 30 percent since he has taken office.
“As a public servant, it has always been my goal to create a more efficient county government and reduce the impact on the taxpayers of Anderson County,” Lynch said.
Lynch has an opponent as he seeks re-election to a second four-year term, Oak Ridge Police Department officer Lewis Ridenour.
Lynch is a lifelong resident of Anderson County. He and his wife Jamie live in Clinton. They have two adult sons and four grandchildren. Lynch is a member of Alpha Lodge #376 and a trustee at Second Baptist Church in Clinton, the press release said.
If you have any questions or want more information about his campaign, you can call Lynch at (865) 254-1700.
More information will be added as it becomes available.
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