Jackson County Circuit Clerk Joe Martin Retires

In less than four weeks, long time Jackson County Circuit Clerk Joe Martin is retiring after 36 years of service.
Today, News 25’s Laurene Callander caught up with some of his staff as they prepare to say good-bye to their beloved boss who has dedicated most of his life to serving his county.
Circuit Clerk Joe Martin was on hand as Jackson County’s newly elected officials were sworn into office Friday. For the first time in nearly four decades, Martin wasn’t one of them. That’s because he is retiring.
It all started 36 years ago, when Martin began his career as Jackson County’s Circuit Clerk, a position he has held high and says flew by. Martin tells News 25 a few things have changed since he took office. “We used to do things by hand and typing and everything. Now you do it by computer. So things have come a long way but I don’t regret a minute of it. I have had a great, great time. I think I have the best job in Jackson County.”
Even though the work day can get stressful, Martin always knew how to brighten up everyone’s mood by saying “Good morning, Sugar,” every day. Deputy Clerk Mary Hall said, “He doesn’t miss a trick. He loves all of us. He comes in and greets everybody by name. Everybody has a birthday party. He’s the best.”
Martin’s official last day on the job is December 30th. His replacement, Randy Carney, takes over January 4th, 2016. Martin’s staff says he has some big shoes to fill but they’ll support him every step of the way.
Other Jackson County officials who are retiring this year include Chief Deputy Clerk Jackie Fortner, Tax Assessor Benny Goff and Chancery Clerk Terry Miller.

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