Sharon Blount-Baker has announced she will seek re-election as Crawford County circuit clerk.
“It has been the greatest honor of my life to serve as your circuit clerk,” Baker said. “I love serving the people of Crawford County and would appreciate the opportunity to continue to serve as your clerk.”
The circuit clerk is the clerk of the circuit and juvenile courts and acts as the ex-officio recorder of Crawford County.
Over the past year, Baker has supervised the remodeling of the former county jail which now functions as one of the most modern clerk’s offices in the state. The move has allowed all the clerk’s records to be stored in the same location for the first time in more than 20 years, saving the county thousands of dollars per year in storage fees, she said.
Baker has modernized the functions of the circuit clerk’s office and Crawford County now stands as one of the most technologically advanced clerk’s offices in the state. During her term in office, Baker has implemented a court management system that makes court documents available for viewing by the public and allows for attorneys to file court cases and documents 24 hours-a-day, seven days-a-week, electronically.
Baker also has implemented an automated electronic recording system for real estate records such as deeds, mortgages and liens. This system allows for electronic filing and record review and for Crawford County property owners to enroll in a free fraud protection service which monitors activities related to their property in the county.
“All the modernizations and updates were paid by fees collected by our office,” she said.
In December, Baker was appointed to the Arkansas Supreme Court Automation Committee by Chief Justice Dan Kemp. She also currently serves on the Electronic Recording Commission, having originally been appointed by Gov. Mike Beebe and reappointed by Gov. Asa Hutchinson. She serves as second vice president and legislative chair of the Arkansas Circuit Clerk’s Association and is a nationally certified court manager.
Baker serves on the Harry O. Hamm Scholarship Committee for the Van Buren School District and is a graduate of the 2008 Leadership Crawford County class. Prior to being elected circuit clerk, she served one term on the Crawford County Quorum Court.
Baker is a lifelong resident of Crawford County and a member of First Baptist Church of Alma. She and her husband Chuck reside in Alma and have four children and two granddaughters.
“I truly want to thank the citizens of Crawford County for allowing me to serve and ask for their continued support for reelection,” Baker said.