SAN ANGELO, TX – On Monday morning the Tom Green County Courthouse hosted a special ceremony to welcome a seasoned employee to a new position. Surrounded by family and friends, Anthony Monico pledged to uphold the laws of this country and the state as the new District Clerk. Monico will be replacing Sheri Woodfin, who announced her retirement last December and served as District Clerk for over 20 years in Tom Green County.
With a 14-year-long service record behind him as a Deputy District Clerk, Anthony Monico has taken on the duties and responsibilities of heading the district clerk’s office. Monico begin his career with the district clerk’s office after his father let him know there was an open position. Monico’s father was a chief deputy under Tom Green County Clerk Elizabeth McGill and according to Monico, he always assured his son he would one day have the opportunity to serve as District Clerk.
“My father was somebody who has always pushed me to do better,” said Monico. “He always said one day I would be District Clerk, and I would just never believe him.”
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Those who are not familiar with the role of that office may not realize the integral part it has in ensuring the integrity of the judicial process. District Clerks are tasked by the state to be registrars, recorders, and custodians of all court pleadings, instruments, and papers that are part of any legal cause of action in any district court. Clerks index and secure all court records, collect filing fees and handle funds held in litigation and money awarded to minors. They also coordinate the jury panel selection process among other duties as they keep up with laws and statutes that are implanted by lawmakers.
Monico expressed his appreciation for the staff he will now lead and is excited by the opportunity to aid the community of Tom Green County in any way he can.
“Working alongside them for 14 years has been an honor and being able to work in a different capacity and help the citizens of Tom Green County in my new role,” said Monaco. “Everybody that comes into our office…whether you are going through a criminal case or a civil case, it’s a very hard time so you have to be sure to guide them through the court process.”
Seeing justice being served inside the courts daily is just one of the rewarding aspects of being part of the judicial system and it highlights the importance that members of the district clerk’s office have in ensuring every court case is in order and ready to be presented before a judge.
The oath was administered by Judge Ben Woodward, who has worked with Monico for many years and praised the excellent work ethic that Monico has had during his time as deputy district clerk. Also in attendance were judges Carmen Dusek, Brad Goodwin, and Jay Weatherby.