Linda Morefield announced this week that she is ending her tenure as Johnson County Clerk and Master after 27 years in the office; six years as Deputy Clerk and Master and 21 years as Clerk and Master. Sherrie Fenner, current Deputy Clerk and Master, has been officially appointed to take Morefields place, effective July 1, 2013.
Morefields letter of retirement was presented to Chancellor G. Richard Johnson, who appointed her in 1992, she being the first Clerk and Master appointed by Chancellor Johnson. Her effective retirement date is June 28, 2013.
Morefield was the first female to be appointed to the position of Clerk and Master in Johnson County and has served longer than any other Clerk and Master for the county. She is a Certified Public Administrator through the University of Tennessee. Under her tenure, several changes were made to the office including the transition from files in cardboard boxes to an up-to-date filing system. A computer system to make the office more efficient has been added.
Morefield and husband, Howard, have two children, Eric, who is deceased, and Donna and her husband, Richard. Morefield said her granddaughter, Makayla, is the beautiful force that keeps her going. She says she could have not done the job without her familys support. They attend Pleasant Grove Baptist Church where Linda enjoys working with the choir, which is her ministry; she is very thankful to her Pastor Jim Norman and the entire church family that have remembered her in their prayers.
Morefield says she has enjoyed working as Clerk and Master with Chancellor Johnson and appreciates the opportunity he gave her and the support she has received from him. It has been a pleasure working with all the attorneys, those local and out of town, says Morefield. She says she has become friends with the judges and their assistants and that she will miss all the special friendships she has formed at the courthouse. Morefield also expresses her appreciation to two special Clerk and Masters, Melissa Moreland in Carter County and Teresa Simerly in Unicoi County. They have become wonderful colleagues and friends.
At the top of her list, she will miss Sherrie Fenner, her long-time assistant and Deputy Clerk and Master. Sherrie and I started out together in 1992; God brought us back together; she has been with me a long time and has been a good, trusted employee and friend.
Plans after retirement include spending more time with her family, sleeping a little later in the morning and she plans to raise a good garden this year.
A public reception will be held for Morefield on May 24, 2013 at the Crewette Building, 203 Vandilla Street, Mountain City, TN 37683, from 5PM to 7PM. Light refreshments will be served.
Sherrie Fenner, 43, that is replacing Morefield, was hired as the Deputy Clerk and Master by Linda Morefield in 1992. She has a combined total of over 12 years in the office. She subsequently gained additional legal experience by serving as a legal secretary for three years in the local law office of Grayson, Wright & McEwen under the supervision of George T. Wright.
I am very thankful to have been chosen for this appointment, said Fenner. I will make every effort to insure this office will continue to provide the same professional and courteous service as in the past, and I look forward to assisting the legal community in this capacity.
Fenner, a native and lifelong resident of Johnson County and graduate of Johnson County High School, is married to Mike Fenner who serves as the Field Operations Manager for Grace Springs Farm, Inc. They have two children, Colton, a senior at Johnson County High School, and Eden, an upcoming high school freshman. Fenner attends Dyson Grove Baptist Church, serving as Sunday School teacher for the pre-K class for over a decade. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, spring and summer time flowers, cooking and trying new recipes.
Chancellor Johnson is pleased to make this appointment and is confident the office will continue to be managed in a professional manner with continuity and integrity.
Established by state constitution, the Chancery Court has original jurisdiction as assigned to it by the legislature. The Clerk and Master is the principal administrative aide to the Chancery Court, which collects and distributes child support, collects delinquent property taxes for the county and administers conservatorships and investment of litigant funds paid into the courts registry. The Clerk and Master, who is appointed by the Chancellor, also provides assistance in the areas of courtroom administration and records management, docket maintenance, divorces, child support, adoptions, conservatorships, land disputes, workers compensation, probate, revenue management, maintenance of court minutes, official communication, and various other court-associated duties.