Some days are longer than others for Brenda Wolfe and the staff at the Washington County Clerk of Courts office.
‘‘Sometimes it seems like all we're doing is running for records," she
said. ‘‘When the weather gets nice, we seem to get a lot of people coming in to research genealogy.I sometimes dig up information from the 1800s in dusty old volumes upstairs."Wolfe
said the office has domestic, civil and criminal case records going back as far as 1788, the year Marietta was founded.
‘‘They're all public records available to anyone," she
said. ‘‘Unless they're court-ordered to be sealed, anyone can read, take notes, or have copies made from these records."
As a deputy in the Washington
County Clerk of Court's office, Wolfe
is not required to take the training, although she
provides access to public records every day.
‘‘We all wait on the public, and we all need to know what can and can't be handed out," she