Beverly Burks

Drew County Circuit Clerk Beverly Burks has announced that she will seek re-election to the position in this year’s Democratic primary on May 24.

Burks, 55, is currently serving her third term in office.

“The circuit clerk’s job has a lot of moving parts,” Burks said. “Our office is responsible for keeping track of everything that is filed in all felony criminal, civil, domestic relations and juvenile cases and issuing summonses, along with recording deeds, mortgages, liens and other property-related orders and instruments. We also call and pay juries and handle numerous child support payments.”

In 2019, the circuit clerk’s office began using the state’s web-based system of case management, and accepting documents via e-filing. Every day, Burks and her staff process dozens of documents and work with judges and their assistants, the prosecuting attorney and public defender’s offices, lawyers, banks, title companies and the public.

“It has been a privilege to be entrusted with this job, and I again ask the residents of Drew County for their vote,” Burks said. “If you will return me to office for another term, my staff and I will continue to work hard every day to help keep the local court system running as smoothly as possible and to meet the needs of the citizens who come into our office.”

Burks, who lives in Wilmar, is a graduate of Monticello High School and Rhodes College in Memphis, Tenn. She assists with her family’s cattle operation and serves as church secretary and Sunday school superintendent at Wilmar United Methodist Church. She is secretary of the Wilmar Cemetery Association, a life member of the Junior Auxiliary of Monticello, and a former member of the Seark Concert Association board. She is a member of the Monticello Book Group and Monticello Women’s Investment Club. She is the daughter of Shirley Burks of Wilmar and the late James Burks.