Wise County Clerk Sherry Coursey Lemon has announced that she will seek a seventh term in office.
Lemon will run in the March 4, 2014, Republican primary for the office she was first elected to in 1990.
“I would like to thank the citizens/voters of Wise County for their support, and I would appreciate their continued support,” she said. “It would be a privilege and an honor to serve as your County Clerk for another term.”
The first time Lemon ran for the office, she had three opponents in the primary and went to a runoff, then also had an opponent in the general election. She has not had an opponent since then.
A native of Bridgeport, Sherry is the daughter of Kossie Lee Coursey and Leta Mae Hudson Coursey. She is married to Don Lemon and has two children – son Lance Parker and wife, Brandi, and daughter Shanna Mowery and husband, Jerrod, along with four grandchildren, Lauren, Nikki, Madyson and Briggs.
When Lemon first took office in 1991, there were no computers in the county clerk’s office. The four employees had only three telephones and still made many of the entries into the record by hand.
“We’ve made a lot of advancements,” Lemon said. The office is now fully computerized for accepting and maintaining property recordings and court documents and continues to embrace technology in the keeping of property, maps and plats, birth, death and marriage records, livestock brands, assumed name certificates, commissioners court records and misdemeanor criminal, civil and probate court records.
“I try to keep stretching myself out, not stay in the comfort zone, and keep up with technology,” Lemon said. “Four of our neighbors – Collin, Denton, Dallas and Tarrant counties – are among the top 10 fastest-growing counties in the state of Texas. I try to think big and have the big picture.”
Lemon said her office’s mission statement is an acronym: FACES – friendly, accurate, courteous, efficient service.
“We’re all about service,” she said. “Customer service is our key. When someone comes in there, they might not be in the right office, but we’re going to find out where they need to go. I know I have a service heart, and I believe my employees do, too.”
Lemon has been active in the County and District Clerks Association of Texas, making presentations, serving on the board of directors and being nominated four times for County Clerk of the Year. She is a former president of the Decatur Lions Club and a charter member of the Area Business Women’s Network.
“I’m very honored by all of these accomplishments,” she said. “I have recently branded my office – SL stands for service and leadership, and that’s what we stand for, service and leadership.”
Lemon said she plans to continue to work hard to stay ahead of the county’s needs.
“I consider myself a proactive person,” she said. “I think outside the box. I think any of my staff members would tell you that. We try to think of things to be ahead of the game instead of behind. I invest in my staff.
“I believe in hiring people who have the same service goal.”