Franklin Co. Clerk Announces Retirement

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia

The search is on for a new county clerk in Franklin County.

Franklin County Clerk Laverne Hilley has announced she will retire at the end of this fiscal year.

According to Franklin County Manager Billy Morse, the county is already accepting applications.

“The position is being advertised and we’re already receiving resumes,” Morse said. “The close date for resumes is May 30. After that, they will be turned over to the Board of Commissioners for their review.”

Morse said that the county hopes to find someone with good experience in particular areas.

“The Board does want someone that has the training, education, and experience necessary for the county clerk position. They would like someone with an extensive financial background, and someone who is able to work with multiple people, such as boards, the public, media, that sort of thing,” Morse said.

Hilley has been working for Franklin County since 1998.

She began her career there as a receptionist, then as accounts payable clerk, and has been the County Clerk since 2002.

Hilley said she is looking forward to it, but adds it was a hard decision.

“I’m starting to get used to the idea, (of retirement),” Hilley said Monday. “It was a hard decision to make, but now I’m looking forward to it.”

Morse said Hilley will be missed and he has appreciated her help since he has been in office.

“I’m absolutely going to miss Laverne,” Morse said. “She’s been a great help to me in the three years I’ve been with Franklin County. I’ll miss her very much, but I wish her well in her retirement.”

Hilley’s last day is June 28.