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Reiff re-elected to seventh term as Walworth County Clerk of Court

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Darryl Enriquez
September 15, 2010
— Incumbent Sheila T. Reiff of Elkhorn won the Republican primary for the clerk of courts office Tuesday, capturing 70 percent of the vote over political newcomer and veteran attorney Carol Unger-Keizer of Darien Township.

Throughout the campaign, Reiff, 61, talked up her skills at managing the office’s budget and efficient handling of the civil and criminal caseloads that pass through her office. She also expressed her pride in launching a program that informs victims of crime when their assailants are released from incarceration.


“I attribute this (victory) to the taxpayers’ recognition of my cost-saving measures and my determination to implement a victim notification program,” Reiff said. “I look forward to working for the taxpayers of Walworth County.”


Unger-Keizer, 48, argued the rising costs of using the clerk of courts office were becoming an issue to the public and to lawyers who pass those expenses to their clients. She said the office was becoming unresponsive and disrespectful to its customers.


Reiff’s response was that she always received compliments on how her staff treated the public. As for the cost of services, many fees are dictated by state statutes or policy set by Walworth County judges, she said.


Reiff’s salary for her four-year term will be $71,601 for 2011, $72,675 for 2012, $73,765 for 2013 and $74,872 for 2014.



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