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Circuit clerk to retire after 23 years

Nov. 03, 2012 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- Cabell County Circuit Clerk Adell Chandler will retire at the end of this month, ending her tenure of 23 years in that position.

Chandler, 67, submitted her letter of resignation Thursday to the county's four circuit judges. It states her intentions to retire effective Nov. 30. She called her 23 years of service a "distinct honor," but said now it is time for her to enjoy retirement.

Those plans include a move early next year to Hazlehurst, Miss. She and her husband, Pete Meadows, are building a house in the central Mississippi town so she can live closer to her father, currently 89. Her brother also lives in the area.

"I think there's a window where you have your health and you can enjoy retirement," she said.

Chief Circuit Judge Paul T. Farrell said he was thrilled for Chandler and appreciates her having served the county with great distinction. He and fellow judges now begin the process of appointing her replacement.

That begins with a call for applications. Farrell said anyone interested in the opening should submit the necessary paperwork to his attention. He anticipates the court will accept applications until mid-November. Interviews will follow, and the four judges hope to appoint a replacement prior to Chandler's retirement.

The vacancy comes two years into Chandler's six-year term.

That means the judges' appointee will serve until the 2014 general election. Voters then will elect a permanent replacement for the final two years of the term. An election for the next six-year term will follow in 2016.

Farrell said he believes Chandler's replacement should be a leader with business and budget experience. Chandler added the person should have a knowledge of the legal system and an acceptance they will not know everything.

"It's a business," he said. "The (Circuit) Clerk's Office function is to manage all of the circuit court and domestic court files."

Chandler's retirement also means a reunion of sorts. Born in England, Chandler has spent only two years of her life with her father, who was an American citizen fighting in France during World War II at the time of her birth.

They corresponded by letter, but she didn't see him until she came to the United States, specifically Boone County, W.Va., at 17. Her father then relocated to the Gulf Coast with Union Carbide, and they've lived many states apart ever since.