Lee County judges name new Circuit Clerk

Mary Bishop Roberson (Photo credit: Lee County Family and Juvenile Court)
Mary Bishop Roberson (Photo credit: Lee County Family and Juvenile Court)

OPELIKA, AL (WTVM) - After an intensive two-week process interviewing applicants and weighing their various strengths, Lee County Judges Jacob Walker, Russell Bush, Chris Hughes, and Mike Fellows have announced that Assistant District Attorney Mary Bishop Roberson is their choice to replace longstanding Lee County Circuit Court Clerk Corinne Hurst.

"We are pleased with this appointment," said Walker.  "Mary has all the qualities that made Corinne such a great clerk.  She is an accomplished lawyer.  She has great organizational skills.  She has great people skills.  She's just a great person, and we believe she'll serve Lee County very well."

Hurst concurred. "I believe Mary is a fine choice," she said.  "She has all the tools needed for this job and I think she will serve the Court system and the people of this County well.  I know a lot of the applicants personally, and I know what great people they are, so I know how hard this decision was for our judges.  But you can't argue with this choice.  Mary will be a joy to work with, and she will do a great job."

Roberson, 35, has practiced law in Lee County since 2003. She is a graduate of Auburn University and received her law degree from the Cumberland School of Law at Samford University. She is admitted to the Bar in both Alabama and Georgia. She spent the first half of her career in private practice and has been serving Lee County as a prosecutor for the last 5 years.  She has been married for ten years to Joseph Roberson, and they have two daughters, Holly and Lynnlea.

"It is the highest honor to have been selected out of so many qualified candidates for this position" said Roberson.  "Mrs. Hurst has done such an incredible job making our Clerk's office one of the best in the state, and I am excited to continue her efforts."

Roberson was chosen from a dozen other men and women who applied for the job according to Walker.  "We have so many talented people in this community," said Walker "and that was made abundantly clear by our list of applicants.  Every one of them brought something special to the table, and in the end it was a tough, tough decision.  But after carefully considering all the options, we are confident we've made the right choice."

Roberson will serve out the remaining 5 years of Hurst's 6-year term, at which time she will face election.