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Long-time Owen circuit court clerk Cindy Wright retires

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By Jessica Singleton

On Dec. 31, Cindy Wright will enter the courthouse for the last time as the Owen County Circuit Clerk. After serving the county for 30 years, Wright is retiring.

“I will miss her extremely. I worked with her for 20 years and she was always there for me. She was far more than just a boss, she was and is family. We shared a lot of laughs and we also cried. I can speak for everybody in our office to say we love her and wish her the best,” said Leigh New, Chief Deputy Clerk.

Wright started working for the Sheriff’s office in 1976. Two years later she was invited to be a Deputy Circuit Clerk.

“I was happy to get the job offer,” she said. “It just fell in my lap.”

In 2005, she was promoted to Owen County Circuit Clerk.

Circuit Judge Steven Bates said it has been a pleasure working with her. He said she is always prepared and her office ran very smoothly and professionally.

Wright said there have been many changes during the time she has worked at the courthouse. One of the most significant changes has been the use of technology. Wright remembers the transition from a local jail to a regional jail in Carrollton. A video connection allows the local court to arraign prisoners from the Carrollton Correctional Facility, which has reduced the need to transport prisoners.

Although Wright is retiring, she will not be leaving the work force entirely. She said she is currently exploring a variety of careers

She is looking forward to starting the next chapter of her life, but she will miss the work to which she has dedicated most of her life.

“It is like my home,” Wright said. “I have worked with some great people.”

She graduated from Owen County High School and has lived in the area all of her life. She is married to Steve Wright and has a son, Matthew.

“I want to thank the citizens of Owen County for all of the support they have given me,” Wright said.