Career/occupation: Accounting tech with Barrow County Leisure Services.
Family (children, spouse and their ages): Husband, Ray McIntyre; children, Chris Wheeler, 30, Karen Wheeler, 28, Brooke McIntyre, 23, and Brittany McIntyre, 20; parents, Richard and Syble Brock (my mother was clerk of superior court for 24 years); husband’s parents, Junior and Johnsie McIntyre; sister, Penny Brock; brother and family, Jeff, Vickie, Amy and Jason Brock; sister-in-law and family, Kathy Reynolds, Steve Peppers, and Tripp and Katie Reynolds and Jeremy.
Describe your background:
I worked in the office of Clerk of Superior Court for 18 years – the last seven as chief deputy clerk. Mrs. Gloria Wall appointed me to that position even though others had been there longer because of my qualifications.
One area of training that I received from the clerk’s authority was on deed indexing standards. I did the deed indexing until my resignation, after which it was turned over to a company. Due to my knowledge and experience with the deed indexing, I will know if the company makes a mistake and will be able to correct it.
I learned and performed courtroom management sitting in on civil and criminal cases and assisting with jury selection. I performed the functions of every division in the office. As chief deputy clerk, I acted as clerk during the clerk’s absences from the office making important decisions and handling every possible situation. During the past three years, I have been an accounting tech with Barrow County and now have budget experience, which is very important in efficiently handling taxpayer money.
(I resigned from the office in 2004 in order to run for the position of clerk of superior court.)
I was born in Barrow County and graduated from Winder-Barrow High School. I am a graduate of Atlanta Christian College with a bachelor’s of science degree. I received the MicroSoft Office Core Specialist Certificate from Lanier Tech by going to night classes while working full time. I am a Christian – a member of Winder Christian Church, where I am the pianist.
With the economy getting tighter, what would you propose trimming from the budget and why?
The budget is controlled by the board of commissioners. I will efficiently and with common sense stay within the budget allotted to me.
What are the three biggest issues that Barrow County must address over the next five years?
Probably the three biggest issues that Barrow County will have to address over the next five years are growth (which affects all the filings in the office), infrastructure and water. However, the clerk’s office is not a policy-making office. Georgia Code mandates most of what that office does; and because of that, there are only a few things over which the clerk has control.
One is customer service. I want the clerk’s office to be known for having the absolute best customer service. That office belongs to the people of Barrow County, the records are the people’s records, and the people have a right to expect good customer service. Legal advice cannot be given, but service can. I want everyone to be satisfied when they leave or call the office.
The other area I am concerned about is how current the records are. The Clerks’ Authority has a website (gsccca.org) that shows how current any Georgia county is with real estate and lien records. Among Barrow County and the immediately surrounding counties, Walton and Jackson counties are consistently the most current. That should be Barrow County. My goal is to be no more than two or three days behind – not only online but with the records actually being mailed back. This can be done. Other counties have proven it. I want this office to be the best – the office that other counties look to as the standard.
If elected, what will you do to increase efficiency in your office and provide better service to taxpayers?
I feel that some re-organization is needed. By better distributing the workload and possibly changing the flow of the work through the office, the office would be more efficient. I do not believe in being strictly administrative. I will be working with the employees to help keep the work current.
Also, I plan to visit other counties that have better working systems to see what could be implemented. I plan to make the computer systems more user friendly for those who are comfortable using the computer and being more readily available to those who are not. Many people prefer speaking to a person and receiving personal help rather than going through a machine. I still believe in the Southern hospitality concept in an office. My door will always be open to the people, and I will be available to assist in every way the law allows.