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Cindy Elmore

Stone County Deputy Clerk Cindy Elmore has announced that she will seek the office of County Clerk next year.

Elmore, who handles the day to day operations of the office, has been employed in the clerks office for the last seven years.  "I have the integrity, experience [and] knowledge and I truly enjoy helping and serving the people of Stone County," she said.

During her tenure in the clerks office Elmore's duties have included budgeting; employee payroll, insurance and benefits; grant tracking; human resources; sunshine requests and accounts payable.  She's also had an integral role in state and federal elections.

Elmore moved to Stone County in 2005 and currently resides in Crane with her husband John, who currently serves as Crane's police chief, and their two daughters.

Judy Berkstresser, the current clerk in Stone County, announced last week that she will not seek office for a fourth term.  "As Deputy County Clerk I work closely with Judy and it has been an honor and pleasure to work with her. She has been, and still is, a great leader and one that I can truly call a friend. If elected, I want to keep the County Clerk’s Office forward thinking and moving toward greater efficiency."

 "The Clerk's position is one of great responsibility," said Elmore.  "We have an amazing staff and I’m proud to say they are the back bone of this office."

In addition to the county clerks office, other offices open for election next year include those of Presiding Commissioner, Prosecuting Attorney, Circuit Clerk, Associate Circuit Judge 1 and 2, County Recorder, Collector of Revenue, County Treasurer and Northern and Southern Road Commissioner's.

Filing for elected positions begins on February 25, 2014 and ends on March 25, 2014. There is a $50 fee to file for office.