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    July 13, 2020

    Lead Deputy Court Clerk celebrates 40 years with Bryan’s Municipal Court

    Forty years ago, Marilyn Newton was working at Texas A&M University when one of her friends who worked for the Bryan Municipal Court mentioned there was a job opening as a Municipal Court clerk. Newton thought it sounded interesting, applied, and in 1980 was hired as a General Clerk.

    Now, 40 years later, Newton just celebrated 40 years working for the City of Bryan in the Municipal Court

    “The job is never the same every day,” she said. “You can always expect something different.”

    Newton worked her way up from General Clerk to Senior Clerk, Senior Deputy Court Clerk and to Lead Deputy Court Clerk, which is the position she holds today. She received her Level I and II Court Clerk certifications, earned her Associate of Applied Science degree in Criminal Justice from Blinn College, and was named the Division Employee of the Year through the city’s BEST program in 1993.

    “Her number of years of service speaks volumes of her dedication,” said Court Administrator Chad Eixmann. “That level of loyalty to one’s employer is something you rarely find these days.”

    During her 40 years with Municipal Court, Newton has seen numerous changes in her responsibilities. Initially, court clerks were responsible for birth and death certificates, but now those are handled through the city’s Vital Statistics office. Some of the more obvious changes have been with technology – Newton remembers processing payments manually instead of through computers.

    Today, much of Newton’s responsibilities include answering phones, processing payments, handling mail requests and working in the court room, but her favorite part of the job is the customer service aspect.

    “It’s showing empathy for the customer and providing options that may apply to their case.”

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