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7/13/2014 10:43:00 AM
Wayne Meddaugh seeks office for Clerk of Superior Court
Wayne Meddaugh
Wayne Meddaugh

Jon Hutchinson
Staff Reporter

PRESCOTT -- Two candidates, both Republicans, are running for the post of Yavapai Clerk of the Superior Court. One candidate will likely emerge from the Primary Election Aug. 26 as the Republican nominee.

Wayne Meddaugh is a professional whose job has always dealt with the court system in some fashion. He says what he brings to the job are management skills.

As part of his experience within the court system, Meddaugh says he was appointed a Special Agent with the US Secret Service in 1969.

"I have arrested hundreds and hundreds of people over the years for a variety of crimes.  I have prepared indictments, search warrants, and all of the other paper work involved in a case."

"After I retired from the Service in 1990 I was hired by the FDIC to head up a new group within their investigations division.  My group took in all the civil and criminal files from failed institutions, and maintained any existing chain of custody requirements in those cases, and I worked with federal, state and local courts in determining the final disposition of the cases.  I learned more about files then I ever thought possible."

"I retired from my real job in 2004 and worked in 2005 for Judge David Mackey, now the presiding judge for Yavapai County Superior Court and became familiar with the workings of the Clerk's Office.

What do you bring to the job?

"The position of the Clerk is a management position.  I am the only candidate with proven management ability.  With the Secret Service I put together all personal security requirements for Ronald Reagan at a Republican National Convention.  During years with the FDIC, I started a department from scratch and developed it into a complete success. After the 911 attacks, I was hired by the Federal Air Marshals to help train and develop the huge number of new hires.  I have the management experience to make the clerks office into a first class operation."

What would he change within the office?

"I cannot make a complete comment until I see what I have to work with.  The clerk's office always has had an extremely high employee turnover rate.  In the recent past it was approximately 40 percent.  The communication in the clerk's office from what I understand only flows from top to bottom (little or no upward) communication.  I would institute a clerk of the month program and other events to promote the team concept.  I would have staff review (cost savings) if we really needed to send a juror from Bagdad to a hearing in the Verde.  So yes, there would be changes and reviews of all positions."

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Reader Comments

Posted: Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Article comment by: Alex Harris

There are three candidate for Clerk of the Court. I am a write in candidate for the position of Clerk of the Court. I have over 26 years in the legal system and as an attorney licensed in Arizona and Oregon and having been in all aspects of the court I am the most qualified candidate. I would love the opportunity to present more information regarding my qualifications. Thank you. Alex Harris Write in for Clerk of the Court

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