Clerk of Court addresses Rotary Club
By Katherine Miller
Crowley Rotary members welcomed Clerk of Court Robby Barousse and Chief Deputy Blane Faulk this past Tuesday. Barousse was introduced by Tommy McNeely, program coordinator of the day’s meeting.
He began with the statement, “There have not been many changes in the Clerk of Court’s office over the past few years since my last visit with the club.” However, Barousse did mention a database entitled Docunet which has served very useful to those in many professions, such as lawyers and those whose jobs regularly require the use of records.
“The system has basically paid for itself over the time we’ve had it. It has made it more convenient for those in the community, allowing them to access what they need in the comfort of their own office,” he added.
Those who are interested in having the program installed may call Blane Faulk at the Clerk of Court’s office.
In addition to the Docunet system, the Clerk of Court’s office has been actively involved in research for the conversion of all records into a digital system. So far, he stated, the office of 35 employees has been successful in the transfer of records and maps dating back to the 1970s. “The end result will eventually include records dating back to March 15 of 1897, as well as a map scanner and printer for those who are in need of a copy.”
Barousse also addressed the issue of the growing need for space that comes with working in the Clerk of Court’s office with the endless supply of files and records.
“Since the Registrar of Voters office has relocated into the old sheriff’s annex, we are in the process of expanding our offices, to include where the Registrar’s office once was” he explained.
Plans for the new office include painting and knocking out the walls that separate the two offices.
The clerk of court’s office holds many responsibilities, such as the issuance of birth and death certificates, as well as marriage licenses and passports. Office employees also receive files and enter a daily register of all deeds, mortgages and other related instruments to be recorded in the Public Records to name a few.
Members of the club offered their thanks to Barousse and commented about the helpfulness of the employees in the clerk of court’s office.
Also during the meeting, Rotary member Chris Brammer served as the vocational speaker of the week.