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Houston State Court clerk resigns

WARNER ROBINS -- With legislation pending to make her elected position appointed, Houston County's State Court clerk has resigned.

County Commissioner Gail Robinson confirmed Monday that State Court Clerk Kendra Simons submitted a letter of resignation to Gov. Nathan Deal, effective June 30.

Simons had been missing work even before she was re-elected in 2014. Simons said at the time she had a medical issue with her neck and hoped to be able to return to work soon.

However, her absences have continued and Robinson said Simons has not worked in months. The county has hired the former State Court clerk to clear the backlog of cases.

Robinson, an attorney, said the county still wants to change the job to an appointed position. Although there are only a few counties with state courts, she said most state courts have clerks that are appointed.

The legislation calls for a committee to be appointed to conduct the search. The legislation has not passed the General Assembly but it's approval is expected.

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