Frank M. Conaway Sr.’s longtime second-in-command will take his place as clerk of the Baltimore City Circuit Court.
Chief Deputy Lavinia G. Alexander was appointed clerk Thursday afternoon by a vote of the court’s judges. She will serve the remainder of Conaway’s term and then would have to run for election in 2018 under state law.
Alexander had been serving as acting clerk since Conaway died last month at age 81.
“I am honored that the judges of this court have chosen me for this exciting challenge,” Alexander said in a statement. “I am grateful for the opportunity to continue to serve the public and move the Clerk’s Office to the next level of efficiency, effectiveness, and access. We will continue to strive to be approachable, responsive and respectful to all who have business with the court.”
Alexander has served as chief deputy under Conaway since 2000. She is a member of the Maryland Judiciary’s Conference of Circuit Clerks and the Maryland Clerks Association as well as a graduate of the National Center for State Courts’ Institute for Court Management. Prior to joining the clerk’s office, Alexander spent more than 20 years in the finance industry.
Alexander will oversee an office of nearly 300 employees responsible for responsible for receiving, recording and maintaining all records of proceedings, entering and maintaining documentation for land and business transactions, issuing business licenses and marriage licenses and performing civil marriage ceremonies.
“Ms. Alexander is uniquely and eminently qualified for this position, having extensive experience and expertise in managing the services the clerk’s office provides,” Administrative Judge W. Michel Pierson said in a statement. “And, as chief deputy clerk, she already serves in a day-to-day leadership role in its operations.”