It will be up to St. Clair County Chairman Mark Kern and the county board to decide who will replace outgoing County Circuit Clerk Kahalah Clay. Clay announced she will resign Nov. 30, after serving as the county’s circuit clerk for more than a decade. In an interview, she said it was time to move on and look in another direction for her future. County Clerk Tom Holbrook, who runs the office that oversees elections in the county, said Clay’s resignation means her seat will be up for grabs in the Nov. 2, 2022 election. He added that anyone who is seeking to run must register by Jan. 2022 and will compete in the June 28, 2022, primary. In the meantime, he said, an interim circuit clerk will need to be named by Wednesday, Dec. 1. Clay’s temporary replacement will be named by County Board Chairman Mark Kern and must be approved by the county board. The next regular meeting of the county board is Monday, Nov. 29.
Kern said Monday night it was “too soon” to comment on any possible nominee to replace Clay, Clay was appointed to the office in 2011 and won election to her first full term in November 2012. She won re-election in 2016 and 2020. The clerk’s role is to be the court administrator and maintain official court records in St. Clair County. The official website of the clerk’s office lists some of her accomplishments.