DeSoto City Lights March, 2018 www.desototexas.gov A Publication of the City of DeSoto Community Relations Department DeSoto’s Municipal Court Clerk Receives Prestigious Level III Certiϔication DeSoto’s Court Administrator, Jeremy Leonard, recently completed all of the requirements for Level III of the Municipal Court Clerk CerƟficaƟon Program. He was awarded the Ɵtle of CerƟfied Municipal Court Clerk by the Texas Court Clerks AssociaƟon (TCCA) in conjuncƟon with the Texas Municipal Courts EducaƟon Center (TMCEC), the Texas Municipal Courts AssociaƟon (TMCA), and Texas State University – San Marcos. Jeremy has served in the DeSoto Municipal Court since October 2013. Prior to DeSoto, Jeremy had the privilege to serve eleven years in the Municipal Courts of Venus, Burleson, and Fort Worth. To qualify for the Ɵtle of CerƟfied Municipal Court Clerk, clerks must complete the requirements for Level 1, Level II, and Level III. These requirements include compleƟng 40 hours of conƟnuing educaƟon and passing a four‐hour exam at each level.
AddiƟonally, to complete Level III, clerks must also aƩend a 24‐hour Assessment Clinic, complete forty hours of court observaƟon, submit a journal of those observaƟons, and aƩend a 12‐hour court administrator seminar. The Level III exam quesƟons are taken from sixteen books, covering the following topics: diversity management, total quality management, facilitaƟon skills, performance appraisals, hiring and supervising procedures, office management, records and caseflow management, budgeƟng and financial management, cost analysis, court collecƟons,
leadership, organizaƟonal effecƟveness, communicaƟon, implemenƟng change, and managing human resources. “By achieving his Level III cerƟficaƟon, Jeremy has joined a very small, elite group of professional court clerks,” said DeSoto Municipal Court Judge ScoƩ Kurth. “His conƟnuing commitment to excellence has enabled the DeSoto Municipal Court to use cuƫng‐edge technology through iniƟaƟves like video court dockets that provide our ciƟzens with simple and convenient access to the court system.”
Pictured from leŌ, DeSoto Municipal Court Judge ScoƩ Kurth, Heather Leonard, Jeremy Leonard and DeSoto City Manager, Tarron J. Richardson, Ph.D.
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