By Russell Hood
The Webster Progress-Times
Webster County’s next circuit clerk will start her job six months earlier than planned upon the incumbent’s retirement.
The Board of Supervisors approved two motions related to the circuit clerk’s office during a recessed meeting Monday.
One was to accept the retirement of Circuit Clerk Deborah Hood Neal, who submitted a letter to the board that morning announcing she was submitting her retirement effective June 30.
“It has been an honor and privilege to serve Webster County as your circuit clerk and I appreciate the support you’ve given to me,” said Neal, who has held the office since January 1992.
The other motion was to appoint Deputy Circuit Clerk Sherry B. Henderson as circuit clerk effective July 1. Chancery Clerk Russ Turner plans to swear her in that day to fill the remainder of Neal’s term through Dec. 31. A special election will not be necessary because Neal’s unexpired term will not exceed six months.
Henderson, of Walthall, was the only candidate in this year’s open election for circuit clerk and therefore was already scheduled to take office in January. She qualified as a Democrat when Neal chose not to seek a seventh term. Henderson has been a county employee since 1982 and a deputy circuit clerk since 1988.