NEWBERRY — Republican Rick Lail wants to show Newberry that his 25 years of business experience qualifies him to serve as Newberry County Clerk of Court.
Lail has been involved with the judicial and court systems since 2002, being appointed as a magistrate, where he served for 13 years. He retired from his magistrate job in 2015 and was encouraged to look into taking over for Jackie Bowers, who was set to retire at the time.
“This job entails managing the courts and family court business. This job is a management type position and my experience has mostly been in business. I’ve got 25 years of business experience in Newberry County. I run four different businesses, three that are still ongoing. I know how to deal with employees, serving the public and working within a budget,” said Lail.
If elected, Lail said his main goal is to create a more automated office, which would allow residents easy access to deeds, child support information and other court documents.
“I just want to make the office a little easier for the citizens to access and make the system more user friendly. It’s important that we do it, because it’s more efficient. Also, everything these days is being done through computers, so we’re already heading in that direction,” he said.
Lail was born to Jean and Doug Lail. His mother owned a bridal shop in the St. Andrews area for 35 years and his father was a pharmaceutical representative for 40 years before deciding to retire.
Lail and his wife Lisa have been married for 27 years and have a daughter Tura Jean, who is an eighth grader at Mid-Carolina Middle School. He is a graduate of Columbia High School and attended The University of South Carolina where he received his bachelor of science degree in Business Administration.
With the years of experience he has under his belt, Lail said he is the right person to serve as Newberry County’s Clerk of Court.
“I have experience with the court systems. I have the business experience that is needed for to serve this position,” he said. “This is a good community and I would be happy to serve if elected. That’s the bottom line. I don’t think anybody will outwork me.
“The office is a good office, I just want to improve it and I’ll work hard to make sure I do that,” he said. “With the help of the public and any kind of feedback we get, we’re going to make changes and fix what needs to be fixed so it’ll be a positive place for the public.”
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