Hemmel named Cole County circuit clerk

Freshly sworn-in Cole County Circuit Clerk Marilue Hemmel talks about her plans for the office.

Freshly sworn-in Cole County Circuit Clerk Marilue Hemmel talks about her plans for the office. Photo by Julie Smith.

Gov. Jay Nixon named Cole County Circuit Court Administrator Marilue Hemmel as the new circuit clerk on Wednesday.

She succeeds Brenda Umstattd, who resigned two weeks ago after a state audit reported problems with accounting controls in the office.

The appointment is for the rest of this year.

Under current law, a special election will be held in November, with voters choosing someone to fill the final two years of Umstattd’s term.

However, if a bill going through the Legislature becomes law, the job would become an appointed position, based on a majority vote of the circuit court judges.

Hemmel was a deputy circuit clerk for nine years before being named court administrator in 2004.

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