Walker sworn in as circuit clerk

Published 2:15 pm Monday, November 12, 2007

NATCHEZ — Former circuit clerk M.L. “Binkey” Vines was replaced little more than an hour after Judge Joe Webster ordered him out of office on Monday.

The Adams County Board of Supervisors appointed Eddie Walker interim circuit clerk.

Walker said he had no previous knowledge or indication of what the judge’s decision might be and was very surprised by the move.

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Shortly after the judge’s ruling, Walker said, Supervisor Darryl Grennell, contacted him; to see if he would accept a position as interim circuit clerk.

Walker accepted.

Grennell then called his fellow board members to a meeting where they voted unanimously to make Walker interim circuit clerk.

In August Walker was elected to replace Vines and would have taken office in January. Walker won by over 2,000 votes.

Walker said he is looking forward to his new appointment and knows he has much to learn about his new job.

“I want to know everything there is to know about this office,” he said.

Walker said that he had planned to wait until December to start preparing to take over the office but will now expedited his process.

In December, Walker will take part in a weeklong training course designed to train incoming chancery and circuit clerks.

Walker also said he has good friends serving in the same position in other counties and plans to call on them for guidance.

Grennell said Walker has the full confidence of the board.

“We know he is going to be good for the county,” he said.

Grennell also said that one reason Walker was put in place so quickly was so that the county could get a fresh start.

And Walker will be getting the freshest of starts.

“Everything as of Friday the 9th is the old administration’s,” Walker said.

In addition to new locks on his office door Walker will be starting out his new job with fresh new accounts and journals.

“We are starting over,” he said.

On Monday afternoon Walker looked caught off guard but optimistic about the future.

“I want to make the transition as smooth as possible,” he said.