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As one chapter of Owen County history comes to a close, another one opens with the appointment of Laurel P. Stivers to the Owen County Clerk’s Office.
The appointment came after Joan Kincaid announced her retirement from the office. Owen County Judge-executive Carolyn Keith appointed Stivers to the office Tuesday morning.
Stivers, who will be on the ballot for the clerk’s position in May, said she is looking forward to settling into her new position at a busy time of the year.
“I’m ready,” Stivers said Tuesday. “I’m very confident in this office’s ability to handle elections as usual. We’ve got delinquent taxes coming up and absentee voting begins April 7, so it’s going to be busy.”
Stivers took a part-time position with the clerk’s office in January 2013 and was hired on full time in July 2013.
A native of Owen County, Stivers said she has worked a variety of jobs throughout her life and spent many years working at the Smith House Restaurant.
“I’m very excited for the opportunity to serve the people of Owen County,” Stivers said. “I love Owen County and the people who are here. It’s an awesome responsibility.”
Keith said she is confident in Kincaid’s recommendation of Stivers.
“I was happy to receive (Kincaid’s) recommendation,” Keith said. “I think it’s a good recommendation and as I told (Stivers) she’s got to live up to a very high standard. The Owen County Clerk’s Office has a great reputation throughout the state of Kentucky for being very efficient and I believe it will continue to have that reputation.”
Kincaid said she is positive that Stivers will make few changes, if any.
“I’m sure she plans to have an open-door policy to serve the people as the clerk’s office has been known to do throughout the years.”
Stivers said she had no plans to change the way the clerk’s office operates.
“We’re going to continue preserving the old records of the county,” Stivers said. “And we’ll be assisting citizens with their needs just like we always have.”
Stivers, Jane O’Banion Blackwell, Marlene Browning-Wainscott and Kimberly Smith, all Democrats, are vying for the clerk’s position in the May primary election.
The primary election will be held May 20.