In observance of February’s designation as Black History Month, Loudoun County’s Clerk of the Circuit Court and the Loudoun County Public Library have planned a series of events.
Gary M. Clemens, the Clerk of the Circuit Court, has planned two presentations featuring speakers and a small exhibition of documents selected from the Circuit Court’s historic records collection. Afterwards, those in attendance can review the documents and take a tour of the Circuit Court, including thousands of documents on slaves and free blacks in the county from 1757 to 1865. Many of the documents were just recently discovered and indexed, and comprise one of the largest and best-preserved collections in the Commonwealth. The documents serve as a stark reminder of a painful part of our American history.
The Loudoun County Public Library also has planned events to recognize Black History Month, with authors, historians and storytelling at branches across the county.
CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT EVENTS, 18 E. Market Street, in the Loudoun Courthouse complex:
- Friday, Feb 6., 5:30 p.m. – The Enslaved Community of President James Monroe with a Focus on Loudoun County: President James Monroe owned land and slaves in several locations in Virginia, including Loudoun. The 1830 census listed 66 people enslaved by Monroe in Loudoun, making him the largest slave owner in the county. Lori Kimball and Wynne Saffer have spent several years researching and analyzing Monroe’s slave ownership in Virginia and documenting those enslaved by name. Their work led to the creation of a database of names and references now available for review here on the Thomas Balch Library website.
Our veterans who have faithfully served our country are worthy of our respect and recognition. There will be two programs in Leesburg on November 11 th to honor our veterans. The Town of Leesburg and the George C. Marshall International Center are hosting a Veterans Day Commemoration program at the Marshall House in Leesburg. The program will start at 10:15 am and will include the following keynote speakers: Lt. General David H. Huntoon, Jr. and Major General Clair Gill. More information and directions related to this program can be found at www.georgecmarshall.org or you may call (703) 777-1301.
The Patriot Project is hosting a special Veterans Day program on the Courthouse lawn starting at Noon on November 11th. The location of this brief program is the grassy area between the Old Historic Courthouse and the Courts Complex building. The site for this ceremony is the site for the future Patriot Project statue that is slated for installation on Veterans Day 2015. A wreath-laying ceremony to honor the veterans of the American Revolutionary War will be followed by brief comments from the Honorable Thomas D. Horne, the Honorable Joe T. May and the Honorable Gary M. Clemens.
Residents of Loudoun County are encouraged to attend these programs as our veterans are honored for their service to our country.
The clerk of the circuit court Gary M.Clemens and his staff hosted Anastasios Hartjevangelu from Germany during a 2-week German student exchange program recently. Anastasios learned about the circuit court and the clerk's office during his visit.
Anastasios is interested in studying law in Germany so he was eager to see court cases in Loudoun County.
He learned about civil court cases, criminal court cases, deed recording, issuance of marriage licenses and many other duties of the clerk of the circuit court. "We have enjoyed participating in this German student exchange program for the past 6 years and we have a strong partnership with The George C. Marshall International Center," said Gary Clemens, clerk of the circuit court. One of Anastosios's favorite places to visit was the criminal division in the clerk's office.
Pictured here is deputy clerk Taylor Welsh (left) who works in the criminal division along with Anastasios as Mr. Welsh explains the
collection of fines and costs in criminal cases.
The American Legion Posts in Loudoun County hosted a military appreciation day on September 27, 2014 at Stone Bridge High School to provide information to Loudoun's veterans. The American Legion posts teamed up with the Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce, the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors, the Marine Corps League, the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Disabled American Veterans' Service Officers to provide assistance to veterans with Veteran Administration claims. Numerous government agencies were on hand to answer questions, provide forms and assist veterans. This was the first event of this kind in Loudoun County and it was a very successful program.
Clerk of the Circuit Court Gary M. Clemens participated in the program along with Commissioner of the Revenue Bob Wertz to provide information about programs and services offered by their respective offices. Pictured here with ClerkClemens is Shawn Williams (Broad Run District) from the Board of Supervisors during the military appreciation program. Shawn Williams served our country in the United States Marines and is a member of the Ashburn Post of the American Legion.
Gary joined several of his former classmates at Loudoun Valley High School at their 30th reunion recently in Western Loudoun. As a native of Loudoun County, Gary grew up in Western Loudoun, in the town of Hamilton for 25 years.
Gary enjoyed visiting with his high school friends, many of whom he had not seen for the past 30 years. "We all had a delightful experience at Loudoun Valley High School and I am thankful for the experience and opportunity attending a wonderful school with wonderful people," said Gary. Pictured here are Gary (center) with former classmates and fellow basketball teammates, Tommy Brewer (left) and Mark Cullinane. Gary played basketball on the same team with Tommy Brewer since his middle school days and continued to play on the Loudoun Valley High School basketball team with Tommy and Mark Cullinane. "They were talented basketball players, gifted athletes and most importantly they focused on teamwork," stated Gary. "I was blessed and privileged to play team sports with Tommy and Mark in high school." Many of the team concepts that we pursued in high school are still relevant to the importance of team work in the circuit court clerks' office. Gary enjoys working with teams within his office, with other government agencies and with many private sector partners. "Teamwork is a core component and key objective in my office as collectively we work together to provide the best services possible to our citizens."
Clerk of the Circuit Court Gary Clemens actively volunteers with several community service organizations and non-profit organizations. Gary was recruited to help raise money for the Loudoun County Fair this past Summer. The prize for raising the most money for the fair was the opportunity to kiss the pig prior to the rodeo program at the fairgrounds.
Pictured here is Gary kissing the Grand Champion Hog, belonging to Hannah Small, after Brad Gable announced Gary was the Loudoun County Fair Kiss the Champion for 2014. All proceeds from the Kiss the Pig fundraising program will help with the maintenance of the barns on the fairgrounds as well as supporting 4-H education programs. "I am happy to kiss a pig, or in this case, a hog, if it will help the Loudoun Fair programs," stated Clerk Clemens.
Photo courtesy of Kim Weber, Purcellville Gazette
Jose Salazar, a resident of Loudoun County and the deputy fire chief for Loudoun County Fire and Rescue Management, recently started his term on the Virginia Board of Fire Safety. Mr. Salazar is serving a 4-year term having been appointed by the Governor. The advisory board has 28 members appointed by the Governor and reviews and makes recommendations for the Statewide Emergency Medical Services Plan, reviews the annual report of the Virginia Association of Volunteer Rescue Squads, and reports on all aspects of the statewide emergency medical care system.
Pictured here are Gary M. Clemens, clerk of the circuit court and Mr. Salazar following the administration of the oath of office.
Mr. Salazar is a dedicated professional in fire and rescue management. "I value Jose's commitment to the profession of public safety and we are fortunate to have him serving in Loudoun County as well as serving on the Commonwealth board," stated Clerk Clemens.
Gary works closely with the business community to help small businesses become familiar with the services provided by his office and other government agencies.
As a result of the community impact fund fundraising campaign, the Loudoun County chapter of the United Way received $191,000. Several local charities and non-profits that provide health services, education programs, medical treatment, legal assistance and referral services for assistance programs are the beneficiaries of the community impact fund. Some of the beneficiaries include the Loudoun Abused Women's Shelter, the Salvation Army and Loudoun Cares.
Gary Clemens has served on the board of directors for the Loudoun regional chapter of the United Way and has assisted with fundraising efforts as well as served on the grant review committee. Pictured here with Gary are members of the Loudoun regional board as a check for the community impact fund is presented by the Washington DC Metropolitan United Way.
Gary has served as the clerk of the circuit court for Loudoun County since January 1, 2000. He was re-elected for a second term in November 2007. Gary is seeking re-election as clerk of the circuit court in Loudoun County one more time.
With his leadership, vision and innovative ideas, Gary has implemented numerous customer service improvements, mostly using technologies, while maintaining fiscal integrity in pursuit of these improvements.
Gary has lived in Loudoun County for 49 years, first residing in Sterling during his infant and toddler years. He resided in Leesburg briefly while the family home in Hamilton was being constructed. He was raised by John and the late Shirley Clemens in the small town of Hamilton where he resided for 23 years. After graduating from Loudoun Valley High School in Purcellville, Gary attended James Madison University. While attending JMU, Gary met his future bride, Maria, who lived in Arlington.