POINT PLEASANT — Suzi Caldwell, a longtime employee of the Mason County Circuit Court Clerk’s Office, has been appointed to fill the shoes of Bill Withers, who retired as circuit clerk on Friday.
Caldwell was administered the oath of office by Judge R. Craig Tatterson with Withers holding the Bible during the ceremony. She has worked in Withers’ office for 22 years.
Caldwell was appointed by judges of the Fifth Judicial Circuit. She has indicated she will officially run for the office which will be up for grabs in 2018 with Withers saying he will be on the campaign trail, giving her his support.
Withers said Caldwell was “one of the most qualified people in the state of West Virginia” for the position she was appointed. Before working with Withers, Caldwell also worked for several local attorneys starting in the early 1970’s and recently, has been in charge of the civil cases filed in circuit court. She has also attended numerous seminars in regards to staying in compliance with state laws and said she hopes for the office to eventually go paperless where it can to save time and money. Withers said going “paperless” has been in the works for awhile and Caldwell had put his former office on the “short list” in the state to implement it to increase efficiency.
Caldwell, of Point Pleasant, is married to Jerry Caldwell. The couple has three daughters, Shana Caldwell-Patterson, Jennifer Caldwell and Lauren Billiter, as well as two grandchildren, Annie Diamond and Owen Smith.
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