Thursday, Dec 12, 2013
Circuit Clerk's Office Back in Alexander County Courthouse
ALEXANDER CO. -- The Alexander County Circuit Clerk's office is finally back where it belongs. A storm ripped the roof off the county courthouse in Cairo five months ago. Several offices saw water damage, forcing circuit clerk staff to relocate. Now, they are back in.
It was the morning of May 21 when Circuit Clerk Paul Jones was called in to see what happened to the courthouse.
"I immediately got dressed and responded here as quickly as possible to try to salvage as much as I could," said Jones.
He covered files and electronic equipment with plastic while rain was pouring inside.
"There was very little damage, water damage wise, to any of the vital records in this department," Jones said.
The Circuit Clerk, Assessor, State's Attorney, and Sheriff's Offices were all damaged, but Jones' office was hit the hardest.
A temporary office was set up at the Cairo Junior High School six blocks from the courthouse. Jones says he made ten trips a day, transporting files to and from courtrooms.
"The function of the court had to go on, and we had to do what we had to do," said Jones.
The time in their temporary location was tough on employees, the court, and the public. Jones thanks everyone for their patience while repairs were going on.
"To have that kind of cooperation, makes a big difference when you are under a stressful situation," Jones explained.
Wind: 12 MPH
Humidity: 46 %