Henderson County, Texas (FOX51) — Leticia Carpenter, Assistant Henderson County Clerk, has announced her candidacy for Henderson County Clerk and will be seeking the Republican Party Nomination in March 2014.
After 23 years as Henderson County Clerk, Gwen Moffeit has decided to retire. Moffeit leaves the county in good hands as Carpenter has been training to take over the reins for the last two years. Moffeit states, “I knew the day would come that I would retire and I wanted to make sure that the office was left in great hands. I know whole heartedly that Leticia is the right choice for County Clerk and she will have my complete support throughout her campaign.”
Leticia Carpenter was first employed by the Henderson County Clerk’s officein 2001 and promoted to Assistant County Clerk in March of 2011.
Carpenter graduated from Eustace High School and received her Associates in Criminal Justice degree from Trinity Valley Community College in 1999. Carpenter also completed several bachelors’ level courses at Texas A&M-Commerce. Putting education on the back burner with the arrival of her first of two sons, Carpenter began dedicating herself to her career at the clerk’s office learning as much as she could about all aspects of the office. Carpenter’s dedication and loyalty to her office was rewarded in 2011 when Gwen Moffeit appointed her to Assistant County Clerk.
Carpenter’s experience as Assistant County Clerk has given her a front row seat to see what it takes to run a department. Strong work ethic, dedication, standards and ability to serve the county with a servant’s heart are characteristics Carpenter believes have led her to making her decision to seek office as Henderson County Clerk. Carpenter says, “I will be a great steward for Henderson County and without a doubt have the knowledge and experience to run a great office.”
The County Clerk’s Office is responsible for recording and preserving public records such as Birth, Death, and Marriage licenses. The Clerk’s Office also records and preserves real property records, probate and civil cases, and misdemeanor criminal cases. Carpenter’s role as Assistant County Clerk allows her to work with County Commissioners and Judges on a daily basis handling county administrative duties. Carpenter believes with the clerk’s office handling so many administrative duties that her strong problem solving and managerial skills help keep the efficiency of daily office operations at a high standard.
Carpenter feels as though her knowledge of all the clerks’ office procedures with the addition of her 13 years of experience in the office makes her the perfect choice for County Clerk. Under Gwen Moffeit’sleadership, Carpenter has been able to gain the necessary knowledge to maintain the Clerk’s office high standards of customer service. “Maintaining high standards and achieving fiscal responsibilities are key roles all department heads of the county strive for. As County Clerk I want to continue to contribute to the county’s budget by bringing a conservative approach to the use of tax payer’s money.”Carpenter expressed.
Family plays an important role in Mrs. Carpenter’s life. Carpenter spends plenty of time in the bleachers at football and basketball games cheering on her two sons, Clay and Cole Carpenter, who both play for Eustace All Sports Association. Mrs. Carpenter’s husband of 14 years, Roger Carpenter, is a teacher at Eustace Middle School.
When not attending games and practices Carpenter fills another passion such as helping others through different organizations. Carpenter is a member of Grace Fellowship Outreach and enjoys the opportunity the church gives her and her family to participate in various outreach programs they offer. Carpenter serves the County as a member of Kiwanis Club of Athens, a member of the Lone Star Republican Women’s Organization and a member of the Cedar Creek Republican Party where she serves as Vice President on the Fundraising Committee. Carpenter also recently served on the 2013 MADD walk committee.