Governor Appoints York, Greenville County Clerks of CourtJun 12, 2023 11:42AM ● By David Dykes
Gov. Henry McMaster has issued Executive Order 2023-16 and Executive Order 2023-17, appointing new Clerks of Court for York County and Greenville County following the retirements of the current clerks of court.
Angela M. Bryant, the current York County Chief Deputy Clerk of Court, has been appointed to serve as the York County Clerk of Court following the retirement of David Hamilton, effective July 7, 2023.
Hamilton has served in the position for over 20 years and was named the South Carolina Clerk of Court of the Year in 2018.
Mary Brice Garrett, the current Greenville County Deputy Clerk of Court, has been appointed to serve as the Greenville County Clerk of Court following the retirement of Paul B. Wickensimer, effective June 30, 2023.
Wickensimer has held the position since 2000 and was named the South Carolina Clerk of Court of the Year in 2006.
According to state law, in the event of a vacancy in the office of a county clerk of court, the governor is authorized to appoint a suitable person, who shall be an elector of the county, to serve as clerk of court.
The Clerk of Court serves both the Circuit Court and the Family Court and is responsible for docket management, receipt of fees, fines and costs, maintenance of all court records and submission of reports to a variety of state and federal agencies. Circuit Court is divided into General Sessions (Criminal) and Common Pleas (Civil) cases.
Some of the Clerk of Court duties for these courts include receipt of criminal warrants, jury management and staffing the courtrooms while court is in session.
The Clerk of Court is also responsible for Family Court and the collection and disbursement of court ordered child support and/or alimony payments, issuance of Rules to Show Cause, child support enforcement and filing of Orders of Protection.
The Clerk of Court for York County also serves as the Register of Deeds and is responsible for recording all property transactions and records as required by state law.