With less than a week on the job, Debra Davis, the new executive assistant to Clerk of the Courts Jim Fuller, is receiving what many are calling a "crash course in the clerk's office."
"I knew they were making a lot of changes here so I applied," said Davis
."I've known the Fullers for years and I think very highly of Jim Fuller.I know he
and [Chief Assistant Clerk Gordon Morgan] will be great to work for because I know they're committed to their people.I was delighted to take the job."Before coming to Jacksonville, Davis
spent several years in what she
referred to as "corporate America."She worked for Scientific Atlanta and later as a sub-contracting administrator for IBM's federal systems division in Washington, D.C.
Most recently, Davis
was running her
own interior design firm in Deltona when she
found out there was an opening in the clerk's office."My new job is really a return to what I had been doing before I started my own business and I was ready to get back to that," said Davis
According to Morgan, during Davis'
first month, she'll be "learning the basics.""We want her
to feel comfortable," he
said."Before long she
'll be working with the other departments more closely so she
can continue to hone her
skills so she can apply them to our day-to-day operations."Morgan noted the employees who have been with courts for years, are no less competent."We have very capable people here, but sometimes it comes down to timing," he
And it's a challenge Davis
is ready for."My first day [Tuesday] was really the most hectic but I got through it," she