Carol Kremer has spent the past 36 years in the clerk of the District Court’s office.
She was elected to run the office in 2002, and she has been re-elected twice unopposed since then.
But this year, she will face a Republican primary challenge in May from Barbara Pousson, clerk of Sarpy County’s County Court.
Kremer said the variety of work at the clerk’s office has kept her engaged over the decades. The advent of new technology has presented challenges that continue to be met, she said.
Adopting that technology has allowed her to reduce staff from 17 to 14, she said, even as workload has increased.
“I use the new technologies to make the work flow efficient, and as quick as possible, rather than hire extra people,” Kremer said.
Kremer said she considers herself a “working clerk,” which means she retains full responsibility for functions such as jury payroll while filling in anywhere help might be needed.
She said her long experience in the office makes that possible.
“I have 13 employees, and that means there are lots of questions about different cases and pleadings,” she said. “You have to be able to answer those at the snap of a finger, whether people are on the phone or waiting at the counter. My experience let’s me do that.”