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Christine Brakeville

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County Clerk of Court

Des Moines

Employment History

  • District Court Clerk
    Des Moines County
  • Clerk of Court
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The county attorney's office is charged ..., 14 Sept 2011 [cached]
The county attorney's office is charged with collecting delinquent fees and fines, according to Chris Brakeville, Des Moines County clerk of court.
Des Moines County also takes out-of-county payments, a practice implemented for several years, Brakeville said.
The county attorney's office is charged with collecting delinquent fees and fines, according to Chris Brakeville, Des Moines County clerk of court.
Des Moines County also takes out-of-county payments, a practice implemented for several years, Brakeville said.
That sentiment and advice was echoed ..., 23 Oct 2007 [cached]
That sentiment and advice was echoed by Des Moines County District Court Clerk Christine Brakeville.
Brakeville encouraged the public to call the clerk's office if they receive any similar calls.
Like other judicial districts in Iowa, Brakeville said Des Moines County staff don't ask for any personal information when they call jurors who fail to show up on their designated day of service.
"We don't practice that," Brakeville said.
Attorneys also have been issued ID ..., 27 Dec 2007 [cached]
Attorneys also have been issued ID cards, Clerk of Court Christine Brakeville said.
Burlington Police Department officer ... [cached]
Burlington Police Department officer Brian Glendening displays how to swarm a gunman to, from left, Chris Brakeville, Des Moines County clerk of court's office; Tom Nelson, Des Moines County maintenance; and Lisa Snyder, Des Moines County clerk of court's office, during a training program on how to deal with an armed intruder for city and county personnel Thursday at Memorial Auditorium in Burlington.
The Hawk Eye Newspaper, 13 June 2004 [cached]
"Sometimes, people aren't sure if they can access certain information," said Christine Brakeville, the Des Moines County clerk of court.
Access is restricted on certain types of juvenile actions, pending divorces and any involuntary commitments.There also are documents within an accessible file that are not public and are either stapled or placed in an envelope.People with questions about what is not public can ask a staff member.
"Once we explain that, people are OK with that," Brakeville said.
Brakeville suggests people go to the counter in her office and ask staff for the information.The clerk of court and her staff are accustomed to fielding questions, digging out records and pointing people in the right direction.
"We want to make people comfortable in asking their questions about what they need to do and where they need to go," Brakeville said.
"Like a lot of the offices in the courthouse, we're pretty limited spacewise for storage of records," Brakeville said.
"They can be very fragile so we try to keep an eye on those," Brakeville said.
A hard copy of every record may not be kept forever.How long records are kept depends on the code requirements.To save on storage space, Brakeville tries to get rid of what she can.
"We can't always address it like we'd like to," Brakeville said.
Most aspects of the office are governed by the state.
The clerk of court offices have been state, not county, offices since July 1986, so some hours and holidays are not the same as county offices housed in the courthouse.
Brakeville began working in the clerk's office as a microfilm clerk in October 1979.She worked her way through the ranks and in October 1996 was appointed to replace Linda Schulte.
In January 2002, the clerk of court's office lost three positions and a long-time associate court attendant due to state budget cuts.
"That was a rough time for us," Brakeville said."So we've had to absorb all of those duties.I'm really proud of my staff.They've pulled together."
Statewide, clerks have had to look at practices because with fewer employees not everything could be kept up.Shortly after the cutbacks, Brakeville temporarily cut office hours.Regular hours of 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday have since resumed.
"Even now at times we struggle but we do the best that we can," Brakeville said.
The new budget year, which begins July 1, may bring additional changes.For now, Brakeville heads a staff of 13 working in one office split between two floors of the courthouse: Seven in the first-floor associate office and six in the third-floor district court office.
With offices on two floors, Brakeville and her staff spend a lot of time running up and down stairs.
The phone number also is one of the first listed in local phone books under the State of Iowa and staff often help callers by transferring them to the needed office, Brakeville said.
People also ask staff where their attorney is but that's something staff doesn't know, Brakeville said.
There are a lot of questions about the small claims process and staff help guide people through the process.
"It's a fine line we walk because we try to guide people but we can't give any legal advice," said Brakeville.
The clerk and her staff deal with stressful situations daily but do their best to assist people, Brakeville said.
Brakeville said there have been a number of occasions when law enforcement officers have been called in to aid staff who feel threatened.At her request, protective glass was placed between first-floor staff and customers last year.
"We wear many hats here and we deal with stressful scenarios daily and oftentimes volatile situations, but we do our best to assist people and do so in a courteous and professional manner by treating them fairly and respectfully," Brakeville said.
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