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Dallam County/District Clerk
Incumbent Terri Banks

By Robin Scott

    Terri Banks has held the office of Dallam County District and County Clerk since January 2007.  She has worked with the office since May 2000.   This is Banks’ first re-election run for an office she has come to thoroughly enjoy.

    Since being sworn into office in January 2007, Banks has received a great deal of training.  She noted, “I have acquired many hours of continuing education in the various aspects of management of the County and District Court records and Elections Administration.”  Also with learning, Banks attends several annual conferences.  She stated, “I have attended  several annual conferences sponsored by the University of Texas School of Law, The County and District Clerk’s Association, the Texas District Court Alliance, Secretary of State Election Law School, and Texas Association of Counties.”

    One area of improvement that Banks is honored to be a part of is the improvement to public services.  She stated, “In June of 2007, I contracted with the Bureau of Vital Statistics in Austin to obtain birth certificates from all Texas Counties.  In an effort to improve service to the public, I am currently in the process of upgrading to new court and property records management software.”  Banks is quick to note that she could not do her job alone.  She stated, “My staff consists of two deputies, DeLeasa Jones and Kathy Selby, who play a big role in carrying out the various duties and responsibilities of the office. I could not do it without their loyalty, support and dedication.”

    A native of Dalhart, Banks graduated from Dalhart High School before going onto Texas Tech University.  Banks returned to Dalhart in 1990, soon after she married her husband, Brad Banks, who was also raised in Dalhart.  She commented, “My husband has farmed in both Dallam and Hartley Counties for the last 20 years.” The Banks are the proud parents of four children who include Wyatt, Jordan, Abbie and Cole.

    Banks is involved in many community organizations.  She stated, “My other community interests include, serving as a board member on the Rita Blanca Lake Advisory Board and volunteering as a HOSTS Mentor.”  Banks can’t imagine doing anything different.  She noted, “I love my job and the people I work with, and have always considered it an honor and privilege to serve the people of Dallam County.”

    Taking her duties as District and County Clerk very seriously, Banks stated, “I pledge to uphold my dedication to the integrity and management of the office of County and District Clerk.  I would appreciate your vote and support in the upcoming Primary Election on March 2, 2010.”