By Liz Brewer
ADA — Pam Walker is actively seeking the vote of Pontotoc County citizens in the race for County Clerk. She has been holding the position since the board of county commissioners appointed her to replace Lynn Lofton who vacated the office in April.
Walker has worked in the Pontotoc County clerk’s office for 13 years, 11 as first deputy. With knowledge of recording, purchasing, accounts receivable and accounts payable, county payroll and having acted as secretary for the board of county commissioners, Walker said she believes her experience makes her a prime candidate for the elected office. Walker has completed 100 hours certified county clerk instruction at Oklahoma State University Center for Local Government Technology. She will achieve her degree in business administration in December 2006 from Oklahoma University.
Pam and Greg Walker, son of Bennie Walker and the late Wanda Walker, have been married for 27 years, have two children, Tara, 24, and Blake, 22, and one granddaughter, Heather, 3. She has been a volunteer for Awe Star Missions - for young people, involved with both Girl and Boy Scouts, and many fundraising activities. Walker is affiliated with the Union Hill Baptist Church, a registered Democrat and this is her first time to run for public office.
She said one of the most important duties of the office of the county clerk is the recording and preservation of records. With the installation and implementation of the new recording system software in April 2006, the office has begun the large task of scanning over one million pages of documents. This step forward with technology will allow the office to archive, preserve and ultimately store vital records in an off-site facility.
“It has been an honor and a great privilege to serve the people of Pontotoc County as county clerk, and I would appreciate support from voters as I announce my candidacy to continue this vital work as County Clerk,” said Walker.
Primary election is July 25. If a runoff is needed, it will be held Aug. 22 and the general election is Nov. 7.
By Liz Brewer