Logan County circuit clerk to
step down Sept. 30
Bender to clerk for 4th District
Court of Appeals
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[September 03, 2009]
Logan County Circuit Clerk Carla
Bender has announced that she will be stepping down from her office
effective Sept. 30. The 17-year circuit clerk has been given a rare
opportunity to be clerk for the 4th District Court of Appeals.
Bender issued a news release on Wednesday afternoon. In it she said,
"It has been my privilege and honor to serve Logan County for almost
17 years as circuit court clerk. I extend my deep gratitude to the
people of Logan County who have given me the opportunity to do so."
Eighteen years ago when Bender ran for the office, she had no
political experience. Her background had been as a probation officer
and in administration as a field officer for the Illinois Court. "I
thought I could bring changes for the better to the office and so I
ran," she said.
Now as she is in the midst of her fifth term, an opportunity she
could not pass up presented itself. "I didn't proactively seek this
job," she wanted to point out. Bender said too that the post has
historically been filled by a man and that she would be the first
female to be in the important position. The new job will mean a
commute, as the 4th District Court offices are on Monroe Street in
Springfield, across from the Old State Capitol.
Bender defined the role of the circuit clerk's office in Logan
County. "The circuit clerk's office is responsible for the court's
administration and the court system," she said. "We are responsible
for all financial collections and disbursements."
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Bender said the new job, although exciting, means she will be
leaving behind a staff that she has immense regard for. "The people
are well-served by the exemplary staff that is currently working in
the circuit court clerk's office, conducting the business of the
court every day. They are an outstanding group of individuals who
are dedicated and loyal to the mission of the office. I am extremely
proud of all of the accomplishments we have achieved together over
the years. I will miss them, as well as the fine county officials
and excellent judges that I have had the pleasure of serving with,"
"But I will still have a connection to Logan County in my new
position. At the Appellate Court in Springfield I will be the court
administrator as the clerk of the 4th District Court of Appeals,
which includes 30 counties in central Illinois, including Logan
County. I am grateful and honored by the appointment to this
position from the seven justices of the Appellate Court and I look
forward to continuing to serve the public in that capacity."
[Text from file received; LDN