Gayla Miller to seek third term as Circuit, Criminal Court clerk
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Gayla Harris Miller will be a candidate for a third term as Bradley County Circuit and Criminal Court Clerk.

“It has been my honor and with great humility to serve the citizens of Bradley County for the past seven years,” Miller states.

Miller was elected in 2006.

She has 34 years experience as deputy clerk, chief deputy clerk and now Circuit and Criminal Court Clerk.

“My duties as clerk is very complex and demanding, not only as Circuit and Criminal Court Clerk,” Miller said.

Miller also oversees Sessions Civil/Criminal Court, Juvenile Civil/Criminal, Environ-mental Court, two Child Support Courts, and the newly established Order of Protection Court.

She said while developing a new court can be challenging, she has had the support of dedicated elected officials and skilled deputy clerks.

This is one out of nine courts Miller oversees.

“It is remarkable to me how Bradley County’s growth has deemed it necessary to provide court proceedings at three locations — Bradley County Courthouse, Judicial Complex and the Juvenile Detention Center.”

In 2012-2013, there were 342 orders of protections, 450 custody related cases, 4,600 General Sessions civil court warrants and cases as well as 952 open Circuit Court cases.

In the same year, there were 611 open Circuit Criminal Court cases.

In General Sessions Criminal Court there were 6,773 warrants processed. When traffic violations are entered through this court, the workload exceeded 11,000 items.

There were approximately 2,000 Juvenile civil cases as well as 4,000 cases in the Juvenile Criminal Court.

All the documentation is handled through each of Miller’s offices prior to being seen by a judge.

“My work day is determined by which location a court is scheduled, meetings are being held, the impaneling of jurors, various court dockets, grand jurors or just being accessible to the public,” she said.

She said she and her staff “work extremely hard to provide services” to the community.

Her staff consists of 27 full-time and one part-time deputy clerk.

There are also three professional bookkeepers maintaining four sets of accounting records, who have been instrumental in producing seven consecutive state audits.

During her time in office, the office has contributed in excess of $18.9 million to the Bradley County General Fund.

“We are a fee office and do not retain any of the monies collected. They are transferred monthly. This is an outstanding achievement that all clerks strive for,” she said.

She also has a dedicated administrative assistant in Dale Dixson, who oversees day-to-day operations.

“Our goal is helping people in life-altering situations, such as divorce, child custody, victims of crime, just to name a few. We strive to be courteous and compassionate because of the sensitive nature of these problems. To comfort people with a kind word and information which gives them hope and direction,” she said.

“I have always tried to treat people with respect and how I would want to be treated if I were in their shoes,” Miller stated.

Miller said she is proud of her accomplishments, starting with the Payment Program. This program was set up to collect a backlog of old fines and costs by letting the defendant make monthly payments. It has been cost efficient and a great revenue success.

Another accomplishment is working with Judge Daniel Swafford and Juvenile Director Terry Gallaher. The Juvenile Detention Center is now being utilized as a 24-7 warrant writing location, which is manned by the extensively trained Juvenile Detention Center.

The center is centrally located for the convenience of the Bradley County Sheriffs Office and the Cleveland Police Department. This has proven to be a fuel-saving program.

Miller said she is honored to serve on the Environmental Board, Court Security Board and the Criminal Justice Coordinating Committee for the 10th Judicial District.

Miller is also a member of the Tennessee Clerks Association, a member of the Bradley County Republican Party and MainStreet of Cleveland. She has been appointed to the Advisory Council for the Criminal Justice Division and is a member of Cambridge Who’s Who of Executives and Professionals.

Miller is married to David L. Miller and they have one son and daughter-in-law and two grandchildren. She is the daughter of Everett “Red” Harris and the late Carlene Harris. The Millers attend Hopewell Baptist Church.