WARNER ROBINS -- Kendra H. Simons has been tapped by Gov. Nathan Deal to replace retiring Houston County State Court Clerk Gay Valasky.
Simons, 35, a deputy court clerk for State Court, said Wednesday that she received word from the governor’s office last week of the appointment.
“I just plan to continue to work well with the other State Court offices on the most efficient way to keep our court system productive,” Simons said.
Simons said a swearing-in date has not yet been set.
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She’s expected to serve until Valasky’s term expires, Stephanie Mayfield, a spokeswoman for the governor, stated in an e-mail. The term for the four-year partisan post expires in 2014, said JoAnn Shipes, registration/election supervisor for Houston County.
Simons, a Republican, has been with the State Court system since January 2000 -- first as a secretary to retired State Court Judge Bob Richardson and a few years later as a deputy court clerk.
She’s married to Houston County sheriff’s investigator Cpl. Slate Simons. The Perry couple has two children.
Valasky, Republican and a 40-year Houston County employee, steps down effective Monday. She started with the county as a clerk in Superior Court on Sept. 17, 1971.
She became the chief deputy clerk for State Court in January 1987 and has served as the clerk of State Court since Nov. 1, 2008.
“After 40 years, I’m just ready,” Valasky said of her decision to retire.
Valasky, 58, said her retirement was based on a desire to spend more time with her mom and sister, expected partial knee-replacement surgery and a time to hand over the reins to “the younger group.”
Valasky said she’s loved serving the citizens of Houston County and will miss her co-workers.
To contact writer Becky Purser, call 256-9559.