Ada — Kevin Turney joined the staff of the Pontotoc County court clerk’s office in November 2001, when Janis Rowley was serving as the clerk.
Turney worked in the courthouse for 12 years, and his duties included filing traffic citations, issuing marriage licenses and helping customers. He helped the cost administrator set up the Oklahoma Tax Intercept program, which allowed the clerk’s office to submit information about court fines to the Oklahoma Tax Commission. That program allowed the state to intercept tax refunds for people who fell behind on paying their fines.
Turney resigned in 2013 following the retirement of former court clerk Ernestine Eubank.
“There were just a lot of changes going on, personally,” he said in an interview last week.
Turney later took a job with the district attorney’s office, where he currently serves as the bogus check/restitution coordinator.
Now, Turney is hoping to return to the court clerk’s office.
Turney, 44, is running against the incumbent, Karen L. Dunnigan, in the Democratic primary election. The winner of the June 24 primary will finish Eubank’s unexpired term, then decide whether to seek re-election in 2016.
Turney said, if elected, he would focus on providing good customer service and preserving historic court documents, he said.
The Ada News interviewed Turney on Thursday about his professional background, his decision to run for the clerk’s office and his goals for the office.
Here are questions and answers from the interview, edited for clarity and length.
The Ada News: What made you decide to run for the court clerk’s position?
Kevin Turney: I just feel like I’m qualified for the job. I liked being a public servant; I enjoyed it when I worked there, helping people get what they need. And it’s really a fun job if you can handle being a public servant.