Clerk of Circuit Courts

Salary – $81,500.00 Annually
Location  Р160 S Macy Street Fond du Lac, WI
Job Type – Full Time
Department – Clerk of Courts


The Clerk of Courts Office is responsible for providing all support services to the County judicial system.  The office creates and maintains all court records and processes payments to the courts.  Position hires and directs all staff and prepares, submits and administers the department’s budget.  The Clerk is also responsible for managing the relationship between the office and the judicial branch.

All interested candidates should submit their resume to:

jon.bellows@wicourts.govExamples of Duties

The following duties are normal for this position.  These are not to be construed as exclusive or all?inclusive.  Other duties may be required and assigned.

  • Responsible for the duties outlined in Wisconsin Statutes 59.40-41, 753.30, and 814.
  • Directs all clerical operations in the department.   Supervises and assigns work to the staff.
  • Plans and implements the policies and procedures for Circuit Court records, documents, files and exhibits. 
  • Assures adequate coverage is maintained during business hours.
  • Hires staff members.
  • Prepares, recommends and monitors annual department operating budget and prepares the annual report of actual costs to the Director of State Courts.
  • Responds to general inquiries regarding operations of the department.
  • Purchases office supplies and keeps an appropriate inventory.
  • Reviews time records, approves vacation and sick leave.
  • Completes special projects and assignments.
  • Establishes and reviews policies and procedures to ensure compliance with federal, state and county laws and regulations.
  • Directs jury management policies and procedures.
  • Prepares annual department budget.
  • Determines staffing and equipment needs and utilization.
  • Plans, coordinates and evaluates department operations.
  • Conducts employee performance appraisals.
  • Develops and implements department goals and objectives.
  • Coordinates and evaluates the effective delivery of department services.
  • Investigates personnel problems; takes appropriate disciplinary action.
  • Ensures the accurate preparation and timely flow of information.
  • Composes routine correspondence.

Typical Qualifications

Desirable Knowledge and Abilities:
Extensive knowledge and the application of statutes, policies and orders with regard to operation of Court record keeping.   Ability to work effectively with staff and employees of other departments, legal professionals, and the general public.
Training and Experience:
College graduation or equivalent experience and training, preferably in a legal or paralegal setting. Administrative, management, and fiscal management experience is preferred.

In evaluating candidates for this position, the County may consider a combination of education, training and experience which provides the necessary knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the duties of the position.Supplemental Information

This position is being appointed per Wisconsin Statute 17.21(4m) for the residual term of office through January 2, 2027. If the appointed candidate wants to remain in the position past this date, they will need to run for election in 2026 for the new term beginning January 2, 2027. Candidates cannot have been convicted of a felony in any court within the United States for which they have not been pardoned.

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