County Clerk Barbara Middleton Retires, LIVINGSTON, March 29, 2009 - On Friday, March 27, 2009, friends, family, co-workers, and those who know Barbara Middleton, gathered to bid Middleton a happy retirement as Barbara Middleton stepped down from the office of County Clerk after more than two decades of service to Polk County. Middleton was re-elected three times as county clerk after first serving for several years in the County Clerk's office as a Deputy Clerk. Middleton was known for her friendliness and was (and still is) willing to talk to good folks about just about anything. She turned over the reins to Chief Deputy Schelana Walker who was appointed interim County Clerk by Polk County Commissioners Court. Middleton left big shoes to fill and a legacy of improving the County Clerk's office immensely by automating records into an imaging system that is used plenty by the general public. Under Middleton's guidance, the Polk County Clerk's office won the state's prestigious Five Star Award numerous times. As a retirement gift, the friends and co-workers all chipped in and gave Barbara a notebook computer with wireless internet so she can keep tabs on family and especially her grandkids (whom she was always proud to show pictures of). Congratulations Barbara Middleton and good luck!
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