I was honored to receive the 2015 Chamber of Commerce Chairman's Award recently at the Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce annual meeting and community leadership program. Chris Charron served as Chairman of the Chamber of Commerce in 2015 and he awarded Pam Jones, Carolyn Howell and me with these awards for significant service to the Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce in 2015.
Congratulations to my friends Pam Jones and Carolyn Howell for their awards. Congratulations to the numerous community leaders who were recognized by the Chamber for community service in 2015.
On January 1, 2016, my new term of office as your Clerk of the Circuit Court began. I am thankful to have another opportunity to serve as Loudoun's Clerk of the Circuit Court. I have already begun making significant changes to improve our organization for 2016 and there's more to come. In addition to posting information on the clerk's office website advising citizens of new programs and client services, I will be posting information on my campaign website and Facebook page each month to let you know what's going on.
Before I began my new term of office, my good friend and colleague, the Honorable Thomas D. Horne, retired judge of the 20th Judicial Circuit, administered my oath of office to me in the Historic Courthouse in downtown Leesburg. Below is a photograph of the administration of my oath of office as Maria, and our sons Zachary (holding the Bible), Joel and Nathaniel witnessed my oath of office. God has truly blessed me with a wonderful family and I am very thankful for their support and encouragement.
Thank you all for your prayers, support and belief in me as I continue serving as your Clerk of the Circuit Court. Best wishes for good health, prosperity, peace and happiness in 2016!
Thank you Loudoun County for giving me the opportunity to serve you as your clerk of the circuit court for 8 more years. Loudoun has been my home for 50 years and I enjoy using my experience and management approach to serve this wonderful county that I love. I had the pleasure of meeting so many new residents of our county as well as residents who have been living in Loudoun County for many years. I thoroughly enjoyed meeting my Loudoun neighbors as I visited numerous communities and neighborhoods all over Loudoun County during my campaign.
Thanks again for re-electing me as your clerk of circuit court for more term and I promise to continue giving you my best as I faithfully and impartially serve all citizens of Loudoun County.
May God continue to bless Loudoun County,
Gary M. Clemens
Election Day is 2 days away. I have enjoyed meeting so many Loudoun citizens during this campaign as I have visited neighborhoods throughout the County and attended numerous community events and festivals. I appreciate the time that so many citizens gave me as I visited with them on their front porch to allow me to share news about my leadership, experience, and innovation in the Clerk's Office.
For the past 16 years, the Clerk's Office has provided exceptional services to our citizens and it is now up to the voters to decide if they want me to continue using my unique qualifications to continue serving. As a 50-year resident of Loudoun, I put my heart and soul into the job as your clerk of the circuit court. I would be honored to continue serving you as your clerk for one more term of office.
I could use your help on Election Day to make one final connection to the voters. If you can help me for one to two hours, or more, on Election Day by providing information about Clerk Clemens as voters arrive to vote, please contact me at
or call me at (571) 271-9744
. I will connect you with one of my district captains who can provide specific details.
Please continue to spread the news with friends to re-elect Gary Clemens on Nov. 3rd. And, please remember to vote on Nov. 3rd. The polls are open from 6 am to 7 pm. Thank you for your support and for giving me the honor of serving you as Clerk of the Circuit Court.
Gary Clemens and his office have received two awards for achievements in technology for local government. Clerk Clemens was honored with an Achievement Award from the National Association of Counties in the category of Technology for the Electronic Recording of Deeds system Gary and his team implemented in the land records division of the clerk's office. Gary and his team also received an Achievement Award from the Virginia Association of Counties in the category of Information Technology for the electronic commerce solutions implemented in the Clerk's Office that allow customers to transact business remotely and electronically. Pictured here are Clerk Clemens and members of his team that worked on the electronic commerce technology programs.
With the rapid growth in residential and commercial development in Loudoun, the volume of deed and land records transactions filed with the Clerk has increased substantially. The requirement to physically visit the local courthouse in Leesburg to file paper land records creates unnecessary traffic on Loudoun's already congested roads and crowding in the public areas of the Clerk's Office. The Electronic Recording (E-Recording) system allows customers to submit deeds and land records electronically which reduces the need for clients to drive on Loudoun's roads to visit the courthouse to complete the filing process. As of October 1, 2015, fifty-five percent (55%) of all deed transactions were being submitted electronically to the Clerk.
Gary Clemens has served as the Clerk of the Circuit Court for the past 16 years and has demonstrated trusted leadership, innovative and efficient approaches to delivering services to Loudoun's citizens, and fiscal responsibility in the allocation of resources. As a result of his unique qualifications and leadership, Clerk Clemens is proud to have the endorsement of the living retired clerks of circuit court from Loudoun County as well as Gary's opponent from the 1999 campaign for Clerk of the Circuit Court.
The Honorable Richard Kirk, who served as clerk of the circuit court in Loudoun County from 1991 - 1999, the Honorable Fred Howard, who served as clerk of the circuit court in Loudoun County from 1979 - 1991 and the Honorable Tommy Dodson, who was Gary's opponent for clerk of the circuit court in 1999, have all come together to endorse Gary for re-election as Loudoun's clerk of the circuit court.
The National Association of Counties has recognized Gary Clemens and his office for innovative and effective county government programs that enhance services for county residents by presenting a 2015 Achievement Award for providing enhanced access to historic court records to Loudoun's citizens. Pictured here are Gary Clemens, Clerk of the Circuit Court with his team of employees who worked with Clerk Clemens on digitizing historic court records to improve access following the presentation of the award to this team.
Clerk Clemens' efforts commenced in 2002 when he began an aggressive program to better preserve, conserve and display Loudoun's valuable historic court records. "We have a unique collection of court records dating back to 1757 because many clerks' offices in Virginia simply do not have all of their records," stated Clemens. During the Civil War, many court records were burned, stolen, moved or otherwise lost during the war.
Clerk Clemens enjoyed a pancake breakfast hosted by the Ashburn Volunteer Fire Department at Dominion Trail Elementary School in Ashburn. Gary greeted Ashburn residents and spent time talking with some of the valuable volunteers with Ashburn Volunteer Fire Department. Pictured here with Clerk Clemens are Okea Dokia and his family after enjoying a nice hot breakfast together. Okea is a volunteer firefighter with the Ashburn Volunteer Fire Department and his commitment to community service is appreciated and valued.
There are numerous individuals in our community who volunteer with our local fire and rescue volunteer departments throughout Loudoun County. Clerk Clemens is grateful for their individual and collective contributions to the community. There were several high school students from Broad Run High School and Stone Bridge High School who volunteered at the pancake breakfast. These local high students are commended for volunteering their time to assist the local volunteer fire department.
Rev. Michelle Thomas, pastor of the Holy and Whole Life Changing Ministries, learned of a graveyard while researching historic court records in the Office of the Clerk of the Circuit Court. Rev. Thomas met Clerk Clemens when she attended a Black History program hosted by Clemens and his staff during Black History month. Rev. Thomas was very interested in the historic records retained by the Clerk's Office and she began doing research in the Clerk's Office and in Balch Library when she discovered a slave cemetery while reviewing older deed and tax records. This cemetery is located a the intersection of Route 7 and Belmont Ridge Road and is believed to be the largest slave cemetery in Loudoun County.
The Town of Lovettsville celebrated the annual Oktoberfest this past weekend and Clerk Clemens was on hand to join in the celebrations. Gary spent time greeting residents and catching up with friends attending the Oktoberfest, many of whom attended Loudoun Valley High School with Gary. One of the programs featured on Saturday
morning was the recognition of the town's most senior residents. Among the four residents who were recognized was Cliff Walker, who is a young 92 years of old. Pictured here are Cliff Walker, his wife Elaine Walker and Clerk Clemens in a recent photo.
Gary Clemens, Clerk of the Circuit Court, is pleased to announce that the 1835 jury drum maintained by his Historic Records Division has been selected as a top ten endangered artifact by the Virginia Association of Museums. The Endangered Artifacts program was created to raise awareness of Virginia's valuable historic records and to demonstrate the importance of preserving artifacts in the care of museums, libraries and archives in the Commonwealth. Clerk Clemens received acknowledgement from the Virginia Association of Museums for outstanding care and conservation of Virginia's history, heritage and culture.
The Dulles Area Association of Realtors (DAAR) has endorsed Gary Clemens, Clerk of the Circuit Court for re-election on November 3, 2015
. After interviewing candidates for some local offices, DAAR determined that Clerk Clemens, who has served as Loudoun's clerk of the circuit court since 2000, is the most qualified candidate for clerk of the circuit. In addition to his service as clerk of circuit court in Loudoun County for the past 15 1/2 years, Clerk Clemens has worked in the legal system and court management positions for a total of 25 years.
DAAR cited Clerk Clemens' visionary management style, leadership and customer service improvements, among other reasons for endorsing the re-election candidacy of Clemens. "Gary has demonstrated excellent leadership, integrity and a fiscally responsible management style for many years," stated Dave McWatters who is a member of the board of directors for DAAR. "He possesses the unique qualifications for this office and we are honored to support his re-election."
Gary Clemens was recently certified as a court management instructor with the National Center for State Courts. In August 2014, the Virginia Court Clerks' Association adopted a new career development program for clerks of court and deputy clerks throughout Virginia. As part of this new career development program, an agreement was developed with the National Center for State Courts to certify clerks of court to teach courses in the career development program.
The mission of the National Center for State Courts is to improve the administration of justice through leadership and service to state courts. At the First National Conference of the Judiciary, held in Williamsburg, Virginia, in 1971, Chief Justice Warren Burger called for the creation of a central resource for the state courts—a "national center for state courts." The National Center for State Courts began operations that same year at the headquarters of the Federal Judicial Center in Washington, D.C., before moving to its permanent headquarters in Williamsburg in 1978.
The Leadership Loudoun Youth program, a week-long leadership program designed to introduce youth to leadership concepts and provide exposure to and interaction with local business, government and community leaders, permits students from Loudoun County public schools and private schools to learn about county government, the significant issues in the County, the anticipated challenges facing government leaders and the possible resolutions to address challenges in the County. The program is open to rising sophomores, juniors and seniors, who spend the majority of the week observing leadership in action.
Clerk of the Circuit Court Gary M. Clemens visited with the students in the Leadership Loudoun Youth program recently. Clemens explained his role as a constitutional officer in the County, the functions of the circuit court clerk’s office and the challenges faced by this constitutional office in a fast-growing County. Clemens also took the opportunity to present current challenges faced by state and local government and encouraged these students to make preparations to help resolve these challenges in the future. “You are the future leaders of this County and you are the next generation of professionals who will be able to resolve many of these issues or develop plans to address these challenges,” stated Clemens as he made his presentation to the group. Pictured below is Clemens speaking to the students during the lunch portion of their program hosted by Palio’s Restaurant in Leesburg.
Gary celebrated the 4th of July by participating in Leesburg's annual 4th of July parade and Purcellville's 4th of July parade. "Celebrating the birth of our nation is important and I was pleased to acknowledge the freedoms and rights we enjoy in our great county with citizens in Leesburg and Purcellville." Pictured here with Gary are some of his devoted campaign volunteers who rode with Clerk Clemens in the Leesburg parade in the morning and another team of dedicated campaign volunteers who rode or walked with Clerk Clemens in the Purcellville parade in the afternoon.
Clerk Clemens recently attended the Chamber of Commerce 2015 Valor Awards program at the National Conference Center. The Valor Awards program is an annual event that recognizes our public safety professionals for their courageous acts of valor.
Several citizens were also recognized for acts of heroism and valor. Pictured here (left to right) are Gary Clemens, Clerk of the Circuit along with Betsy Davis, the Mayor of Middleburg, Sgt. Mark Davis of the Leesburg Police Department and Tony Buffington, who is a candidate for Blue Ridge District Supervisor.
Gary Clemens and his staff have been involved in several history programs over the past two months as the clerk's office offered several historic records programs to celebrate Black History in February. Recently, Gary's historic records manager, Eric Larson, provided a presentation of historic court records related to Black History in Loudoun County at the Virginia Association of Museums Conference. Pictured here are Clerk Clemens (left) and Eric Larson, Historic Records Manager for the Clerk of the Circuit Court, on the steps of the historic courthouse in Leesburg. The Library of Virginia participated in the joint presentation to share information about the significance of Black History in Virginia.
The Loudoun County Regional Chapter of the United Way received $138,981 from the National Capital Area United Way at a check presentation ceremony at One Loudoun in Ashburn, Virginia. Gary Clemens serves on the Loudoun County Regional Board of Directors. Gary is pictured here with representatives from the National Capital Area team, members of the Loudoun Regional Board of Directors and some representatives from local non-profit organizations who are receiving grant funds by virtue of the community impact fund. Commissioner of Revenue Bob Wertz also attended the check presentation ceremony.
The United Way of Loudoun County raised $40,000 for local non-profits and community service organizations at a recent golf tournament fundraising event at Raspberry Falls Golf Club. These funds are part of the United Way's Community Impact Fund and each year numerous community service organizations submit grant appliations to receive funds from the Community Impact Fund. Gary has been a board member in the Loudoun County United Way Regional Council since 2006 and he chaired the fundraising campaign in 2006 and 2007. One of the recipients of a Community Impact grant last year was Loudoun Volunteer Caregivers. Pictured here are ClerkClemens(far right) with Susan Mandel Giblin, who is the executive director and Tom Bowman, who is a member of the United Way Regional Council for Loudoun County and the most recent former campaign chair.
The Loudoun County United Way conducts site visits at each of the grant recipients' offices to evaluate how the grant recipients are using the grant funds and to ensure the grant funds are helping the organizations achieve its missions of serving our community. Tom Bowman and ClerkClemens recently visited with Loudoun Volunteer Caregivers as part of the site visit. Loudoun Volunteer Caregivers fulfills a vital role in providing critical services to Loudoun residents. Visit their website at www.lvcaregivers.org
to learn more and consider lending your talents to help this worthy organization.
While Loudoun County is one of the wealthiest counties in the United States, we still have many people who need help with basic needs such as good nutrition, education services, career counseling, family assistance, domestic abuse and many other needs. ClerkClemens is actively involved with several local non-profit and community services organizations in Loudoun County, serving on the board of directors for several of them.
The Code of Virginia provides more than 800 duties of the clerk of the circuit court. A summary of the programs and services provided by Gary in his role as clerk of the circuit court can be found in a summary listing under "Duties of the Clerk" contained in this website.
During each County budget session, Gary provides a summary of the programs and services his office provides the citizens of Loudoun County.