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Kearns stepping down as Harrison Circuit Clerk

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By Becky Barnes

 

Sept. 30 will mark the end of an era in Harrison County. 

It will be the last day that a Kearns has worked in the office of the Harrison County Circuit Clerk since the mid 1960s.

Kathy Kearns will be retiring Sept. 30 after working in the office for 31 years.

Kearns began her career in county government while her father, the late John William Kearns, served as circuit court clerk.

“This is all I’ve done my whole life,” said Kearns, who noted that she did work a couple of years at J&R Drug Store before joining her father at the courthouse.

When the elder Kearns retired, his long-time chief deputy clerk, Wanda Marsh, took over and Kathy remained as a deputy.

When Marsh retired 19 years later, Kearns was appointed as clerk followed by an unopposed bid for the clerk’s position four years ago.

Kearns said she just feels it’s time to retire. 

A new computer system will soon be introduced to Kentucky clerks and Kearns said she really didn’t want to be involved in another project of that magnitude.

Kearns laughingly said she’d rather work in the office than be “the clerk.”

“I’d rather be working than in here,” she said of her office in the Justice Center.

The Harrison County Circuit Court and clerk’s offices were moved to the Justice Center while Kearns was in office.

However, she was recovering from surgery at the time of the move, an absence her co-workers have had good-natured fun with.

Kearns’ long-time deputy clerk Connie Webber retired last month after 27 years.

And, while it may appear all of the long-time clerks are leaving, Kearns noted that she is leaving the office in very capable hands.

She said Teresa Furnish has served the community for several years as a deputy clerk. 

Kearns said the Harrison County Circuit Judge Jay Delaney will nominate three people to take a test and from that will follow the appointment of a new clerk.

Kearns said she will remain in Harrison County following her retirement.

She said she anticipates volunteering at the hospital and with the Harrison County Food Pantry.

 She said she may later look for a part time job, but right now she wants to spend more time with her family: her mother Fan Rees, brothers and their wives, Mike and Johnetta, Marshall and Donna and Marty and Kim along with nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.