Tippets retires after 26 years as head of office
A new clerk of District Court for Hill County took office this morning, bringing two decades of experience as a deputy clerk to take the position vacated by 26-year veteran Dena Tippets.
Hill County Clerk of Court Kathie Vigliotti took her oath of office at 8:30 a.m.
Vigliotti was appointed as deputy clerk of court by Tippets in October 1993. She will have to file for office in 2014 to fill out Tippets’ term.
Tippets retires after nearly three decades in the office. She was appointed to the position in October 1990, taking over from Maryhelen Haberger. Tippets then ran unapposed for the office each election year since 1992.
Before her appointment, Tippets was deputy clerk of court for three years.
The office includes a variety of duties, ranging from acting as passport agents and issuing marriage licenses to managing court files.
The files it manages include for criminal and civil cases in state district court, probate, juvenile court and adoption cases.
It keeps images on file of judgments, probate records, marriage licenses and maintains public records for judgments, court filings, marriages and divorces.
The office also acts as the jury commissioner for the county, takes minutes of District Court proceedings and swears in witnesses in court as well as taking charge of court exhibits and overseeing all courtroom actions, as well as management duties for the office and for legal documents.