Sandy Hoeft was sworn in early Tuesday as the next clerk of the Butler County District Court.
On Monday, the Butler County Board of Supervisors appointed Hoeft to complete the last year of former District Court Clerk Nancy Prochaska’s term. Hoeft had been the interim clerk since January 1.
“I really feel extremely honored,” Hoeft said. “I have served as deputy clerk for 31 years, so becoming the clerk is very exciting. I am really looking forward to continuing to serve the Court and the citizens of Butler County,” she said.
Hoeft began working for Prochaska in January 1987, shortly after graduating from high school.
“Over the years I have gained a wealth of knowledge from Nancy,” she said. “She has taught me how to manage daily office duties, coordinating service dates, organizing and maintaining all past and present District Court cases, just to name a few. Nancy also has instilled the importance of professionalism, keeping a positive and efficient work environment,” she said. “I was extremely blessed to work under Nancy for so many years.”
The court office is responsible for organizing and maintaining all records for past and present civil and felony criminal cases, mental health cases. The clerk serves as the jury commissioner and passport acceptance agent.
“One must have strong work ethic, organiza5tional skills, knowledge of courtroom practices and proceedings, knowledge of bookkeeping and record procedures, and the ability to maintain confidentiality.
With incumbents required to file for office by February 15, Hoeft already has her eyes set on a process she only watched her predecessor go through.
“Running for office will be a new venture for me, but I am extremely excited. I am looking forward to meeting everyone on the campaign trail,” she said. “I want to assure all voters that I have eth knowledge, motivation, desire snd dedication to meet the needs of the Butler County District Court.
As with any office over the past thirty years, technology changed the court records work, even though filings still occur with paper. In 2000, Justice, a computer record system, was put into place as the State of Nebraska took over District Court records. The system greatly sped up the method of looking up a civil or criminal case without the need to dig into the paper files.
About that same time the payment of child support payments stopped being collected at the District Court. The operation of the court also saw changes in 2004 when the new detention center was built, providing more security for the courtroom.
First elected to the office in 1986, Prochaska stepped down on Dec. 31 a year shy of completing her eighth term.