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     Clerks of Superior Court have been elected county constitutional officers since 1798, when the framers of Georgia’s constitution created the office and provided for election of a clerk in each county of the state. The Clerk provides some of the most important checks-and-balances needed in both local county government and the state’s judicial system. The Clerk receives, manages, and processes all court documents, collects and disburses all court fees, fines, and costs, and provides the public with access to court records.


     Additional duties include, but are not limited to, protecting and permanently maintaining citizens’ property deeds and liens, managing county trial and grand juries, including summoning jurors for service; providing oversight and administrative support to the county board of tax equalization; appointing notaries public, registering trade names, and is the elected official responsible for issuing subpoenas for court appearances.


     Born and raised in Baker County, the Honorable Stephanie Key was first appointed Superior & Juvenile Clerk of Baker County on July 1, 2019.  After serving an unexpired term, Ms. Key was elected in 2020 and took office as Clerk on January 1, 2021. 


     Ms. Key is an alumnus of Mitchell Baker High School.  She holds an Associate Degree in Psychology from Darton College, a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from Fort Valley State University and a Master of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Albany State University.  She started her career in the Clerk’s office in 2003, while working with the Honorable Betty Bush.  She served as Chief Deputy Superior Court Clerk for 17 years before being appointed to fill the shoes of Retired Clerk Bush. 


     Ms. Key is passionate about public service and providing excellent customer service to everyone that comes through her office doors.  Her motto is “Dedicated to Serving the Community”.

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