Longtime Forrest Co. circuit clerk prepares to leave office

Lou Ellen Adams
Lou Ellen Adams

FORREST COUNTY (WDAM) - After 40 years of service to Forrest County, longtime circuit clerk Lou Ellen Adams is saying goodbye to her post.

The Forrest County Board of Supervisors issued a proclamation for her years 19 of service as the circuit clerk.

She chose not to seek re-election in November 2014.

"It's time to go home, I know that and I am satisfied with my decision," Adams said. "The Lord's blessed me. The people of Forrest County have been so good to me, they have elected me five times. You know, I will miss seeing everybody and the people. I enjoy the interaction and I know that I will miss that and I will have to keep myself involved in other things."

Since her tenure as circuit clerk, all documents are now scanned electronically including marriage licenses from the late 1800s.

She also said that the clerk's office can go paperless once the Supreme Court decides to do so.

Adams was elected as the circuit clerk back in 1996. Before she was elected, she served as the chancery circuit clerk. She was also a court reporter for 13 years.

She arrived on the job in 1975 when all of the county offices were located at the Circuit Courthouse.

Gwen Wilks will take over as the newly elected circuit clerk Monday, Jan. 4 at her swearing-in ceremony.