N.C. Supreme Court Associate Justice Phil Berger Jr. (far left) administers the Oath of Office to James Lee Mixson III (far right), as second vice president; Jesse Hill (middle), as secretary; and Deborah Thomas (middle), as treasurer.

Special to Iredell Free News

RALEIGH — The N.C. Conference of Clerks of Superior Court recently held its 2022 Educational Conference in Dare County. In addition to daily training seminars and committee meetings, executive officers for 2022-2023 were sworn in by Associate Supreme Court Justice Phil Berger Jr.

The Honorable J. Yancey Washington, Granville County Clerk of Superior Court, was installed as the new president of the N.C. Conference of Clerks of Superior Court for 2022-2023. 

Iredell County Clerk of Superior Court Jim Mixson was installed as second vice president of the Conference for 2022-2023. In this role, he will also serve as co-chairman of the Conference’s Legislative Committee. In addition, Mixson serves on the Conference’s Technology Committee and is the Chairman of the Conference’s Training Committee. Since 2019 Mixson has served on the N.C. Sentencing and Policy Advisory Commission, which makes recommendations to the N.C. General Assembly for the modification of sentencing laws and policies.

Mixson was the recipient the Conference of Clerks of Superior Court’s “Boots on the Ground” Award last year and was recently named to the School of Government’s Judicial College Advisory Committee at the University of North Carolina.

“I am humbled by the confidence the Conference has placed in me,” said Mixson. “The clerks of superior court in North Carolina are some of the most unique judicial officials in the entire country. Not only do we serve as administrators, managers, and comptrollers we also serve as judges of probate in our respective counties. Our deputy and assistant clerks of court are the backbone of our state’s judicial system. The Conference of Clerks of Superior Court is vital to the advancement of our role as Clerks and to the administration of justice in North Carolina.”

The Conference of Clerks of Superior Court was created in 2006 by the N.C. General Assembly to improve the administration of justice in North Carolina. The Conference, consisting of the 100 elected clerks from across the state and supported by an executive director and administrative staff, works to improve public accessibility to the courts through the clerk of Superior Court, serve as a resource for the clerks in key areas of court administration, and to act as a liaison on behalf of all elected clerks of Superior Court to both governmental and non-governmental stakeholders.

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