Gayla Harris Miller, Circuit Court Clerk’s Office Generates $30.2M for County
“The Courts of Bradley County have seen a major increase in all case filings,” according to Gayla Harris Miller, Circuit Court Clerk for Bradley County. Miller also serves as clerk of Circuit Civil, Criminal, General Sessions Civil, General Sessions Criminal, Juvenile, Environmental, Child Support and Order of Protection Courts; Grand Jury and jury duty selections.
The Order of Protection Court was created due to the increased volume in filings of orders of protection, and is under the jurisdiction of Juvenile Judge Daniel Swafford, with the help of Circuit Court Judges Michael Sharp and Lawrence Puckett. This court was organized by the clerk’s office and volunteers from the Bradley County Bar Association.
The courts in Bradley County are utilized daily due to caseload filings which exceeded 42,000 cases in 2017 in addition to the 225 UFISA cases and the IV-DCSE cases entered for child support, all resulting in the collection of more than $256,797.00 collected from DHS clerk reimbursement. Miller’s total collected revenues of $30.2 million to date are the result of increased new filings and collections of delinquent court costs. The funds collected are returned to the Bradley County General Fund. “I am very proud of my ability to help generate these funds for Bradley County,” Miller stated.
Until recently, Miller had three office locations under her administration. These offices were located at the Courthouse, Judicial Complex and Juvenile Detention Center, with 30 deputy clerks at the various locations. This changed temporarily with the Courthouse fire of Sept. 30, 2017. On Sunday, Oct. 1, a staff meeting was held. “At that time, my clerks and I had our plan in place. On Monday, Oct. 2, thanks to the city of Cleveland allowing us the use of the city courtroom, we proceeded with Circuit Court as usual. Thanks to the city, Bradley County and Miller’s dedicated staff, courts were able to continue to operate with no delay. Most of her courthouse employees moved into her offices at the Judicial Complex, which went from a capacity of 11 to 24 employees in the span of a day. “We’re a little crowded,” said Miller, “but we will survive!”
“The backbone of the judicial operations is my staff,” Miller stated. “They work exceptionally hard to help me provide numerous services to the residents of Bradley County, and to accomplish my goals as your clerk.”
“The biggest accomplishment of 2017, of which I am extremely proud, is the Tennessee State Audit that has resulted in ‘no finding’ for the 12th consecutive year of my term as your Bradley County Circuit Court Clerk. This is the result of a conscientious staff and the hard work performed on a daily basis for the courts of Bradley County,” she said.
“My clerks and I have a good working relationship with the judges, law enforcement agencies, district attorney general and attorneys to make sure all court functions are in accordance with Tennessee Law and Procedures. This is a major responsibility for my office of which the public should be aware. State laws, fees and procedures change daily,” Miller stated.
“I enjoyed 28 years serving as a deputy clerk and I will be seeking a fourth term as Bradley County Circuit Court Clerk in the 2018 election. I will continue to serve the voters of Bradley County as long as they honor me to hold this position,” she said. Miller added she will continue to work with her dedicated staff to provide a clerk’s office of which the citizens can be proud.
Miller sits on the Bradley County Environmental Board, Court Security Board and the Criminal Justice Coordination Committee for the 10th Judicial District. She is a member of the Tennessee Clerk’s Association, and of the Bradley County Republican Party. Additionally, she is the Vice President of the Bradley County Republican Women, was awarded the 2015 Virginia Smith Memorial Lifetime Achievement Award and was voted Cleveland Daily Banner’s Best Politician in 2017 for the fourth consecutive year. She is also a member of MainStreet Cleveland and is included in the Cambridge Who’s Who of Executives and Professionals.
She is the daughter of Everett “Red” Harris and the late Carlean Harris. She is married to David L. Miller. They have one son, a daughter-in-law and two grandchildren. The Millers attend Hopewell Baptist Church. Miller asks for your continued support and prayers.
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