Happy Hanukkah! We take joy in the Festival of Lights and encourage everyone to spread peace and love to all. Chag Urim Sameach!
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Happy Hanukkah! We take joy in the Festival of Lights and encourage everyone to spread peace and love to all. Chag Urim Sameach!
This week, Marilyn Burgess Harris County District Clerk attended the meeting of the Harris County Commissioners Court to honor outgoing Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, whom the Court recognized with a Resolution commending him for his career in public service. District Clerk Burgess highlighted Mayor Turner's vocation to work toward making Houston a better city and she emphasized he has always been approachable and compassionate. District Clerk Burgess also underlined that under Mayor Turner’s leadership, Houston has grown and has gained national recognition as a city where economic opportunity, diversity, and culture are guiding values. District Clerk Burgess wishes Mayor Turner continued success in his future endeavors.
Office of Commissioner Lesley Briones, Precinct 4
So grateful to our Mayor Sylvester Turner for all he has done for our city over the past 8 years. Thank you Office of Commissioner Lesley Briones, Precinct 4 for inviting me to participate in this event.
We volunteered with the Houston Food Bank to give back this holiday season and encourage all of you to find ways to give back as well. Get involved in your community and answer your call to serve at Jury Service. We boxed more than 8,900 lbs of food which provides more than 7,400 meals for families in the Harris County community.
Congratulations to our newest Employee of the Week, Ireana Collins, Criminal District Specialty Lead Court Clerk! 🤩🤩🤩 Read what William Jones, Supervisor of Criminal District Specialty Court had to say about Ireana's amazing leadership:
"Ireana has transitioned seamlessly from being an AJ lead to being the lead clerk in one of the newest criminal district courts. She has gone from working independently to leading a team of two and training a new employee. Throughout this transition she has maintained a positive attitude and developed a cohesive working relationship with her trainee and the members of her interim court staff.
The creation of a new criminal district court is not a common occurrence. So there is no template on how to handle the transition. There a lot of factors affecting the clerks working environment especially the appointment of the new judge by the Governor of Texas. Through all the uncertainties and the responsibility of training a new employee Ireana has maintained a positive and forward thinking attitude. Additionally, Ireana reached out to her fellow newly selected lead clerks to offer her assistance, if needed, as they assumed their new roles.
In addition to the reasons cited above, through the transition Ireana has maintained excellent work product and exhibited the qualities of an excellent trainer.
Irena brings out the DCO “spirit” in others by creating a positive and welcoming work environment."
Thanks Ireana for all you do at the DCO!
Happy Indigenous Peoples Day! ❤️❤️❤️ We take this time to celebrate the many Indigenous Peoples and Cultures all around the world and their amazing impact — past and present.
Happy Thanksgiving! Drive safe and enjoy the holidays. 🍁🍁🥧Our offices are closed on Thursday and Friday, November 23 and 24. We will resume the regular schedule Monday, November 27, 2023.
This Saturday, the Harris County District Clerk’s Office hosted its last Passport Fair of 2023 at the Administrative Building of the Houston Airport System, in north Houston. In 2023, we've had passport fairs in many parts of Harris County with the goal of serving as many citizens as possible. Today was a very productive day and our Passport team processed as many as 76 passport applications. In 2024, we'll continue having these activities all around Harris County and we will announce them timely in our social media channels. Stay tuned.
Este sábado, la Oficina de la Secretaría de Distrito del Condado Harris realizó su última Feria de Pasaportes de 2023 en el Edificio Administrativo del Sistema Aeroportuario de Houston, en el norte de Houston. En 2023, celebramos ferias de pasaportes en muchas partes del condado de Harris para atender a la mayor cantidad de ciudadanos posible. Hoy fue un día muy productivo y nuestro equipo de Pasaportes procesó 76 solicitudes de pasaporte. En 2024, continuaremos realizando estas actividades en todo el Condado Harris y las anunciaremos oportunamente en nuestros canales de redes sociales. Manténganse al tanto.
Congratulations to our newest Employee of the Week, Criminal Intake Clerk Kaisa Trimiar! 🤩🤩🤩 Read what Jessica Bernal,
Criminal Intake Supervisor had to say about Kaisa's dedication to the DCO:
"Kaisa is just in general a great person, he is always kind and more than happy to help out anyone. Criminal Intake has been very short staffed and Kai is the first person to volunteer to help cover a shift or pick up the model shifts that no one wants to work. He is always so positive and ready to learn.
Kaisa has been here less than a year and has already exhibited great leadership skills and regularly reaches out team leads to learn troubleshooting techniques and receive further training.
Nightshift is a very difficult shift to work, it can take a while to get used to and not everyone can manage it. Kaisa handles it like a pro and is always positive and upbeat, ready to work and help out how ever he can.
Kaisa is the epitome of a team player, he can talk, laugh and get along with everyone in Intake and that is crucial for a small department like ours."
Wish you all a great year full of happiness and fun. May you have a prosperous Diwali. Enjoy the festivities.
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It was a delight to welcome this group of Girl Scouts on a tour of our offices throughout the courthouse complex, with a special stop at the Charles Bacarisse Historical Documents Room at the Civil Courthouse. Check out these photos of our Historicial Documents Curator and Supervisor, Francisco Heredia, teaching these scouts about Texas History!
Congratulations to our newest Employee of the Week, Civil Post Trial Clerk Passion Ruffin! 🤩🤩🤩 Read what Civil and Family Post-Trial Supervisor Shemeka Lee, had to say about Passion's patience and compassion with customers:
"Passion exhibits excellent customer service to internal and external customers. Passion has shown compassion when assisting customers. She is knowledgeable of the departmental processes and willing to assists other departments as needed.
"Recently, Passion received positive recognition from an attorney who indicated she has tremendously assisted him even though his issues weren’t regarding a process she customarily handles. The attorney asked is her real name “Passion”? She was very patient and compassionate during their conversation."
Happy Veterans Day from the Harris County District Clerk's Office. ❤️🤍💙 Thank you to all of our nation's veterans for your sacrifice and service. 🗽
We were happy to welcome this bright group of criminal justice students from Lone Star College on a tour of our offices throughout the courthouse complex this week. These students had the opportunity to sit in on public trials, learn more about the criminal justice system, and they even met with the Honorable Judge Belinda Hill.
Share our pinned posts! It is so important to us that the beautiful diversity of Harris County is represented on our juries, that includes all ages, races, genders, and backgrounds. Remember to respond to your jury summons, and encourage your family and friends to do the same. Justice starts with you. Everyone Followers Highlight
Congratulations to our newest Employee of the Week, Valerie Zamora, Senior Bond Forfeiture Clerk! Read what Leslie Charles, Criminal Post Trial Services Supervisor had to say about Valerie's contributions to the DCO:
"Valerie has been in Criminal Post Trial for 4 ½ years and has excelled. She started off as our imaging clerk and moved up to a junior bond forfeiture clerk. Three months ago she was promoted to the senior bond forfeiture clerk position.
Valerie is a team player and does not have any hesitation with helping her co-workers if they need assistance. Valerie is also the backup person to the cash bond clerk and has assigned duties in that area as well. Valerie is always eager to learn more in this section.
Valerie is very knowledgeable about her job and always remains calm under pressure. Valerie has excellent customer service skills and is always pleasant to deal with.
Valerie has an awesome attitude and goes above and beyond to help others. She is helpful and dependable."
Happy Día de los Mu***os from the Harris County District Clerk's Office 🌹💀🌻 Remembering and celebrating our passed loved ones. May they forever rest in peace. 🙏
Happy Halloween from the Harris County District Clerk’s Office! 🎃🦇 Today our Records Team at 5900 Canal hosted a costume contest and haunted house with spooky treats and surprises. Safe travels and stay warm if you’re trick or treating tonight. We also hosted a pumpkin decorating contest. Which one is your favorite?
Congratulations to our newest Employee of the Week, Customer Care Representative Giselle Trevino! 🤩🥳🥳 Read what Call Center Supervisor Judy Martinez had to say about her integral part on the team:
"Giselle is an awesome employee. She is a team player and has a great personality. She relays thorough information in a quick manner. Giselle usually has the highest call volume in our department. She has the ability to help customers in a timely manner and then goes to help the next.
Giselle is intelligent and is one of my top performers on the phone. She is also a team player who is very crafty. Whenever we have a celebration, Giselle is usually a part of the decorations. She is very creative and creates such beautiful decorations for our team.
Giselle is very knowledgeable and helps our customers in a friendly and timely manner.
Giselle does come up with good suggestions in our department. She was one of the employees behind the ideal of making a gift basket to show our appreciation for the two employees that usually answer our calls in the civil intake and family intake departments.
In addition to being an awesome employee, Giselle is also a college student who loves animals and is studying Animal Health and Behavior with an emphasis in Marine Conservation. I am grateful to have her in our department."
Is your passport expired? We're hosting a Passport Fair on Saturday, November 18, 2023 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Houston Airport System Administration Facility - 16930 JFK Blvd, Houston, TX, 77032. Appointments are Required! Registration through Eventbrite only : https://www.eventbrite.com/e/harris-county-passport-fair-application-processing-saturday-nov-18-tickets-741614618287?aff=oddtdtcreator
Take a look at the DCO Community Newsletter! Check out recent customer reviews on pages 11-13, and learn more about Harris County history from Judge Mark Davidson in the Case of the Month on pages 14 and 15. This quarter we also celebrated Hispanic Heritage Month and the retirement of a DCO team member who was with us for 47 years.
Astros WIN. They’re now 1 win away from the World Series.
The Harris County District Clerk's Office was so grateful to have been given the opportunity to quickly and conveniently donate blood with the Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center. Visit their website to learn more about how to become a donor: https://www.giveblood.org/
This week the Integrated Justice Technology Committee met in the Jury Assembly Plaza for updates on Technology within the Harris County justice agencies. The committee is made up of all the Harris County justice agencies and is held for the Directors of the Committee to give updates on projects and priorities from each of their respective agencies and to help improve relations, communications and procedures among all the agencies. Collaborative events such as these help create stronger relationships, which keep the wheels of justice turning.
The meeting was hosted by the 6 members of the Board of Directors of the Integrated Justice Technology Department which includes the following: District Attorney Kim Ogg, The Honorable Judge Latosha Lewis Payne or District Courts Administrator Richard Woods as her designee, The Honorable Judge Toria Finch or Office of Court Management’s Court Manager Ed Wells, as her designee, District Clerk Marilyn Burgess, Sheriff Ed Gonzalez, and the Universal Service’s Executive Director Sindhu Menon. The group will be electing an at-large member from the remaining justice agencies to join the 6 on the Board for a one year term.
Thank you to all of the highly engaging and informative speakers who gave presentations, including Chris Wells with District Courts Administration, Tracy Hopper with the District Clerk’s Office, Sylvia Cherry and Ben Giannantonio with the Office of Court Management, Gary Zallar with the District Attorney's Office, Gary Spurger with the Harris County Sheriff's Office, and several representatives from Universal Services.
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Congratulations to our newest Employee of the Week, Probable Cause Lead Court Clerk Dainesha Anderson! 🤩🥳🥳 Read what Probable Cause Supervisor LaWanda Smith had to say about her unwavering dedication:
"Dainesha brings strong assets to her role, PC Court is very fortunate to have her as our newest lead court clerk. She is professional, dedicated and hardworking. Dainesha is open to learning and continuously carries out the DCO mission both efficiently and effectively.
Dainesha was able to flawlessly transition from the role of peer to a leader immediately following the birth of her daughter. She prides herself by going above and beyond by occasionally working her approved scheduled days off to ensure her shift is adequately covered and offering to work other shifts to meet the department’s needs.
Dainesha’s dedication to PC Court is unwavering. She conducts monthly team building meetings with her shift to ensure that they are meeting the department’s expectations. Dainehsa provides updates on her monthly meetings with the supervisor and the other lead clerks to follow. She often communicates with the supervisor her ideas to better the department.
Dainesha actively initiates and participates in department holiday events and birthday celebrations for her team. Dainesha ensures that her team member’s individual needs are met by providing one on one counseling, extra training, supportive advice, structure and accolades. Team unity is very important to her.
I highly recommend Dainehsa as DCO’s employee of the week. She is truly a team member that makes PC Court better because she brings true professional attributes to our section and genuinely cares about boosting workplace morale and delivering an excellent work product."
The son of a murdered Houston police officer reclaimed a portion of his father’s legacy thanks to our very own Criminal Exhibit Clerk, Rhonda Spinks. Sincerest condolences to the family of Officer of James Irby.
The son of a murdered Houston police officer reclaimed a portion of his father’s legacy Wednesday afternoon.
Today we were so happy to welcome students from the University of Houston Hobby School of Public Affairs for a special tour and presentation by Harris County District Clerk Marilyn Burgess.
These students learned how our office helps support over 100 Harris County courts and they asked so many amazing questions.
A very special thank you to Judge Raúl Rodríguez of County Criminal Court at Law No. 13 and Judge Andrea Beall of the 185th Criminal District Court for your wonderful insight and encouraging words. ⚖️📚🚌
Our sincerest gratitude to DCO's own Marcella Harris for organizing and leading this educational tour.
Congratulations to our newest Employee of the Week, Kaaja Amerson, Junior Family Intake Clerk 🥳🥳🥳 Read what Nidia Alberto, Family Intake Supervisor, had to say about Kaaja's friendly customer service and procedural knowledge:
"Kaaja takes the initiative to assist her co-workers with their daily tasks. She takes good care of her phone customers by resolving their issue’s and making sure the information given is clear and concise. When I first came to Intake in February, Kaaja was only working on new case filings. In June when I restructured the department, training began for everyone. Kaaja began Attending Court training. This constitutes of various fee filings as well as service issuance for cases after the initial filing.
Kaaja has excelled in the learning of these procedures as well as in the issuance of various service papers. She performs exceptionally with minimal supervision.
Kaaja makes minimal mistakes. She is detail-oriented and comprehends the material given to her to complete her assigned tasks. She is patient with the Customers, ensuring that she has answered their questions. She takes the time to explain procedures and gives accurate step-by-step information. Overall Kaaja makes sure that the customer leaves satisfied.
Kaaja is a team player and has a wonderful personality. She greets everyone in the department and she always has a smile on her face. Even though she’s busy with her own work, if a co-worker asks her for help, she will put her work aside to help them out or answer their questions. She definitely is all about doing what is best for the Team."
Congratulations to our newest Employee of the Week, Reuben Vega 🥳Read Civil Imaging Supervisor, Valerie Dominguez had to say about his team spirit and attention to detail:
"Reuben Vega has been a big help to the Civil Imaging CDP (Central Department of Processing) team located at the Civil Building.
Reuben’s attention to detail and knowledge of the work makes him a great asset to the team. He never complains and steps up when needed. He continues to come in daily with a great attitude and willingness to help his team as much as he can.
Reuben’s great attitude shines and his willingness to do his best daily makes him a key player to the CDP team. He continues to learn and gain knowledge of his tasks to be a better employee. He also is a great baker and can make some good food.
Reuben demonstrates DCC spirit by leading with integrity, pride in his work, being accountable for any mistakes he may have made and also being an overall team player. We are happy to have Reuben Vega be part of the Civil Imaging team.
He strives daily to give his best and exerts great customer service. He is always willing to help and stay over to complete tasks or to assist in completing walk in rushes that customers are waiting for.
Reuben goes above and beyond by helping his teammates with any Rush documents that the Courts and Intake areas need completed. He completes his tasks in a timely manner and always has a smile on his face. He is very detailed and makes sure all the important information is listed before he processes his work. If anything is missing he will ask the courts or intake areas to fix the issues so the work can be fully processed."
Have you seen this interview featuring our very own Harris County District Clerk, Marilyn Burgess? Thanks to Harris County Commissioners Court and the 88th Texas Legislature Juror Pay is going up for the first time in Texas since 2005! We need you to get involved and respond to your jury summons. Diverse juries help keep justice fair. Make the right choice.
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ASTROS ARE AMERICAN LEAGUE WEST CHAMPS!! ⚾⚾⚾ It came down to the final day of the regular season, but with Houston's win over Arizona and the Rangers' loss to Seattle, the Astros have won the division!
What happens next: https://www.khou.com/article/sports/mlb/astros/astros-playoff-update/285-66a96831-6692-4bef-aa65-1740274965db
Congratulations to our newest Employees of the Week, Martin Marchan and Martha Zermeno 🥳🥳🥳 Read what IVD Courts/Intake Supervisor, Aquanette Davis had to say about their stellar performance:
"For 3 months while the lead clerk was out on maternity leave, Martin and Martha handled the court without hesitation. Martha took on the lead clerk role, while Martin took on the assistant clerk role in Court 992. Both the lead clerk and assistant clerk duties were being completed on a daily basis, which includes the docket being handled and closed out. Texfile was being accepted and envelopes being completed.
I appreciate both Martin/Martha for a job well done. They were both here daily and if they needed time off they scheduled it in advance to ensure the court process was not interrupted.
Martha had a binder created before the lead clerk went out on leave, which she had different screen shots of documents with the codes to assist her. She also reached out to other clerks for guidance. She was very proactive in creating the binder for reference.
Martin is the support clerk for IVD and assists all courts daily. Though he was focused on court 992 duties, he continued to walk over commitment and releases for all courts.
They both bring out the DCO spirit in others, by taking on those roles with no complaints or hesitation. They both knew what to do and just did it (like the Nike commercial)!
If Martha had a question, she didn’t hesitate to ask."
Congratulations to our newest Employee of the Week, Criminal Imaging Team Lead, Jaasiel Cardenas! 🥳🥳🥳 Read what Bianca Pallares, Criminal Imaging Supervisor, had to say about his positive impact on our office:
"I believe Jaasiel (Jay) deserves recognition for his achievements and contribution to the team. He is a true asset to our organization, and I am confident that he will continue to make a positive impact in his role as team lead.
Jaasiel always finds ways to improve our workflow and takes the initiative when new duties arise.
He always goes the extra mile for the whole team and will do anything extra that needs to be done! Jaasiel will stay after his scheduled time and help out when needed with no hesitation. Different management will look for Jaasiel to help process any of their special requests.
Jaasiel brings out the DCO spirit by respecting everyone and promotes a friendly and helpful environment. Having a strong and very reliable work ethic assisting any and all customers in a courteous manner."
Happy Hispanic Heritage Month! 💚🤍❤️Today, our office celebrated with an event that included historical case presentations, lively music, and pan dulce and paletas. Hispanic Heritage Month is a time to recognize and celebrate the many contributions, diverse cultures, and extensive histories of the American Latino community. We would also like to take this time to celebrate our many Hispanic DCO team members and recognize Latino Americans' beautiful cultural impact on the great city of Houston and the United States at large.
Our very own Francisco Heredia curated today's case presentations. They highlighted notable Hispanic figures in Harris County's history, including Selena Quintanilla-Pérez, Hall of Fame Baseball player Jose Cruz, and Jose Campos Torres.
Alan Acosta from Data Control presented the case of the State of Texas vs. Saldivar (1995). Jessica Rodriquez from Closed Records presented the case Houston Sports Association vs. Jose Cruz (1979). And Gerardo Perez from Civil Intake presented the case State of Texas vs. Denson & Orlando (1977).
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