Please come out to support Gary Clemens for Re-Election as Clerk of the Circuit Court on October 14, 2015 at Bungalow Lakehouse from 5:30 - 8:30 pm.
Keith and Cheryl Early
Cordially invite you to attend a re-election campaign event for
Gary M. Clemens, Clerk of the Circuit Court
Wednesday, October 14, 2015
The Bungalow Lakehouse
46116 Lake Center Plaza, Sterling
5:30 – 8:30 pm
Kevin Arbogast, Kristina Bouweri, Tom and Diana Fox, Greg Jay, Tina Johnson,
Dave and Pam Jones, Andrea Lucas, Ben and Shirlina Mann, Steve and Maggie McCann, Rahman Parker, Jamie Pearson, Tim and Joyce Sparbanie, Tom Toth III,
Kyle Winey, Bob and Beth Woodruff, The Honorable Kevin Wright
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.
Each year, Clerk Clemens, offers internships to local college students so these residents can gain some valuable experience with the court system and with local government. Starting in 2004, Gary Clemens, the clerk of the circuit court, commenced a Summer internship program for the first time in the clerk's office. In the past 11 years, 34 local residents who are attending college have participated in the program. "I am pleased to offer this opportunity to our college students and I have been very pleased with the enthusiasm demonstrated by our interns," stated Clerk Clemens. Some of these interns pursue law degrees and some former Summer interns in the clerk's office are practicing law in Loudoun County. The Summer interns who work in the clerk's office are volunteers and the clerk's office offers flexible internship schedules to accommodate those interns who have paying jobs.
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 attended an awards program where several Loudoun County charities and non-profit organizations received donations or grants from The Dulles Greenway. Each year, the Dulles Greenway conducts a fundraising program where the proceeds from tolls on a designated day are donated to local charities. The recipients of the donations and grant funds at the recent program hosted at Clydes in Ashburn were Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy, Every Citizen Has an Opportunity(ECHO), Loudoun Free Clinic, The Patriot Project, Fresh Air Full Care, Loudoun Abused Women's Shelter (LAWS) and the March of Dimes.
Pictured here are Clerk Gary Clemens with Rahman Parker who is the director and chief operating officer of the Loudoun Free Clinic. Rahman is a true leader in the community and Rahman's dedication to serving the community though charities and non-profits is commendable. "I have enjoyed working closely with Rahman and I can attest to his effective service with the Loudoun Free Clinic," stated Clerk Clemens at the conclusion of the grant presentation program.
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.
Gary M. Clemens, Clerk of the Circuit Court, recently attended the graduation ceremony for Recruit Class 30 from the Loudoun County Fire and Rescue Training Academy. The men and women from Recruit Class 30 received their badges and helmets during the ceremony as spouses, children, family members and friends observed this special ceremony. Clerk Clemens administered the firefighter oath to the recruit class following the presentation of helmets.
Pictured here with Clerk Clemens are Lt. Mark Wynkoop (left) and Lt. Michael Ciaburri who mentored Recruit Class 30 and supervised their training during the academy.
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.
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.
The official swearing-in ceremony of the Hillsboro Town Council took place on Monday, Jan 12 at the Old Stone School in Hillsboro.
The Honorable Gary Clemens, Clerk of the Court, administered the Oath of office to the new council members and Mayor Roger Vance. Town Council members include Belle Ware, Amy Marasco Newton, Steve Walzak, Don Hawkins, and John Dean.
– Photo and article courtesy of the Purcellville Gazette
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.
Gary was commissioned by Scott Hamberger, Chairman of the Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce, to put together a team to help the Chamber recruit new members. This campaign, referred to as Unite Loudoun, attracted many business leaders to assist with this effort. As a result, 177 new members joined the Chamber this year. Pictured here are Gary along with some members of his team during the Unite Loudoun campaign.
Gary works closely with the business community to help small businesses become familiar with the services provided by his office and other government agencies.
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.
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.