Gackstatter running for Rock County Clerk of Courts

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Nick Crow
Tuesday, April 15, 2014

JANESVILLE—Jacki Gackstatter of Janesville has announced plans to run for the open Rock County Clerk of Courts post after incumbent Eldred Mielke announced he won't seek re-election in November.

"I've actually been thinking about it for the last couple of years," Gackstatter said. "When I heard Eldred (Mielke) was retiring is when I really started considering it."

The clerk of courts is elected to a four-year term. The office keeps and maintains the books and records of small claims, civil, criminal, traffic, family, juvenile and probate actions as directed by state statutes.

Mielke has held the office since first being elected in 1996.

"Eldred (Mielke) has done a wonderful job and I can only speak highly of him," Gackstatter, a Democrat, said. "He took seven branches and combined them into one office. But there is always room for change and always room for improvement."

If elected, Gackstatter said her top priorities will be better communications among departments and a focus on improving morale.

Gackstatter touts more than 20 years experience as an employee of the Rock County Court system. For the last four years she has served as a collection/accounts specialist for the courts.

According to Rock County human resource records, her work experience is account clerk III, full-time from 1986 until 2000 and then lead payroll clerk-county clerk, full-time from January 2000 to May 2002. She was then a season clerk of courts from April to June 2010 and a collections/accounts specialist, clerk of courts from April 2010 to present. This position was part-time from April 2010 to July 2011. It was then made full-time until present.

Candidates have until Monday, June 2, to submit nomination papers. The primary election will be Tuesday, Aug. 12, and the general election is Tuesday, November 4.

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