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A clerk's job is never done

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Gary Hensley, Tracy Bridges, Lauren Chewning
OREGON COUNTY -- As Oregon County Clerk, Gary Hensley wears many different hats.

He handles all of the election activities in the county and serves as clerk to the county commission.

He took office in January 1995.

"I work close with the Missouri Secretary of State's office. That office oversees all elections in the state and keeps my office informed on state laws that have changed," he said. "I send our election results, after an election, to the secretary of state and they certify them.

He organizes and trains all election judges in the county with guidelines set by the secretary of state's office.

His office also handles the voter registration in the county.

There are two deputy clerks in Hensley's office, Tracy Bridges and Lauren Chewning.

As clerk to the commission, Hensley prepares an agenda for the three commissioners. "They meet on Monday and Friday. I schedule and set times for appointments. Sometimes they have someone coming that I don't know about and sometimes it's the other way around, they tell me who is going to be on the agenda," Hensley said.

Hensley keeps the minutes of every meeting the county commission has. He handles the bid process for products and equipment in the county.

At the beginning of each year, Hensley prepares an individual budget for each elected official. After giving the budgets to the elected officials, he receives them back and proposes an over-all budget to the county commission. He is in charge of preparing the financial statement for the county.

His office also handles all bills through each office in the courthouse on a monthly basis and also takes care of the payroll for all employees at the courthouse. His office handles all liquor and auctioneer licenses in the county.

He is in charge and prepares for the state audit that occurs every four years in the county.

Hensley said his office is never idle, and he appreciates the work of his deputy clerks.

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