MT. VERNON — Jefferson County Circuit Clerk John Scott has come full circle — from being mentored to becoming a mentor for the Illinois Association of Court Clerks.
The IACC Board works in conjunction with the administrative office of the Illinois Court to administer the mentoring program for new circuit clerks.
"You have to volunteer to be a mentor, and then the Oversight Board of Continuing Education for the IACC has to pick the mentors and make sure they're suitable to be a mentor for a newly elected clerk," Scott explained.
When Scott was appointed to the Circuit Clerk's position in 2006, he was mentored by Franklin County Clerk Donna Sevenski. Ironically, Scott was asked to mentor new Franklin County Clerk Nancy Hobbs, who was Sevenski's deputy clerk for 12 years.
"Donna was appointed to be my mentor when I was appointed, and she also served as my mentor after I was elected in 2008," Scott said. "She was very helpful to me, so when Nancy was elected it came full circle when I was approached by IACC to become Nancy's mentor, and I eagerly accepted the position."
Scott said his recent assignment as mentor was his first, and he enjoyed the experience.
"Yes I did," he responded. "One thing about being a Circuit Clerk, all politics are put aside and you work together as an organization for your constituents and for the court system," Scott said.
"He's very helpful and very knowledgeable," said Hobbs. "I have been in the office for 12 years, but anything that I've had questions on he's been more than willing to help."
Hobbs said in her previous position as deputy clerk, her primary responsibility was balancing the books.
"I didn't do that much in management so he's been able to help me with the management end of it," she added.
Scott served as mentor to Hobbs during about a six-month period, from the time she was elected until the end of May.