Clarksville Town Court Hiring New Clerk

A new Clarksville Town Court clerk will soon be added to what newly seated Judge Jimmie Guilfoyle calls an extremely dedicated staff.

Guilfoyle urged members of the Clarksville Town Council on Jan. 20 to approve the hiring of an additional full-time deputy clerk.

The court staff currently has three full-time clerks, a probation officer and two part-time bailiffs.

He said the position was greatly needed because of a sharp increase in the court’s caseload, which amounted to a more than 100-percent increase from 2012 to 2014. The need for additional personnel became more pressing when a part-time clerk left the position in early January.

Town council members approved the new position during a work session Monday. The new employee is expected to be hired in the coming weeks.

Despite the committed court personnel, Guilfoyle said the upsurge in the cases has proven to be overwhelming for the staff to maintain with a standard desired by all parties, including the prosecutor, attorneys and defendants.

“Everybody has an interest in seeing [the court] be efficient,” Guilfoyle said. “Taking all those things into account and consulting with the staff here, it [the hiring of a new clerk] seemed to be just an absolute necessity.”

Guilfoyle was appointed by caucus to the judgeship Dec. 23. He commended the court’s three clerks for their hard work and years of experience, adding that without their assistance, he would have had a much more difficult time transitioning into the office.

“There are no words to explain how helpful they have been. I am still getting caught up on the management of the court, how to deal with cases, how to be a judge. I am still learning all of these things,” he said. “[The staff] has been invaluable. I defer to their judgment on a lot of things because they have been here for so long. They know how it works. I trust them.”

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Clarksville gets new Town Court judge

CLARKSVILLE — A new judge will to rule over the Clarksville Town Court.

Jimmie Guilfoyle, 28, was nominated during a Clark County Democratic Party caucus that met Tuesday night at the Clarksville Municipal Center. The nomination proceeding was brief, as Guilfoyle was the only candidate for the office.

 “I am very honored, humbled,” Guilfoyle said. “It is not a position I really ever anticipated holding, but I am very thankful for the opportunity.”

He was given the chance to receive the caucus’ appointment, after the Indiana Supreme Court ordered Clarksville Town Court Judge Mickey Weber to relinquish the bench at the end of the year after a drunken-driving conviction in Louisville earlier this year.

“I don’t like the circumstances under which this is happening. I like Judge Weber very much and I respect him as a friend and colleague,” Guilfoyle said. “I will do my very best not to let the town down.”

Guilfoyle received unanimous support from the 10 voting county Democrat precinct chairs who represent districts in Clarksville. Four precincts eligible to vote were not represented during the caucus.

Guilfoyle is a Clark County native and is the son of Charles Guilfoyle, a bankruptcy attorney who has an office in Jeffersonville. While Guilfoyle is young, he said he’s qualified to take on the role. He works as a staff attorney for the federal bankruptcy court in New Albany….

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