By News Staff Writers
NEWKIRK — Kay County Court Clerk Marilee Thornton addressed Kay County commissioners Monday morning and said the Ponca City Court Clerk’s office will close on June 30. The last day of business will be June 23.
Thornton cited budget issues as the reason for the closure and said the Supreme Court has gutted her budget.
“The budget used to be $103,000 a year and now it is $53,000,” said Thornton.
“The Kay County Court Clerk and the District Court of Kay County has maintained an office in Ponca City for many years and have enjoyed serving the citizens and attorneys of Ponca City on a more direct and personal basis. We have worked very hard to continue to maintain this office with all the budget issues that have plagued the court system in the past several years.”
“In June of 2015, we were able to move to a more budget friendly office space. However, this space was not equipped with a courtroom and did not address all the budget issues,” said Thornton.
“This has required all court hearings to be heard in the main office in Newkirk, which at times leaves my office in Newkirk shorthanded. We are required to attend each hearing to make the court record complete.”
The two employees in the Ponca City office will be moving to Newkirk.
Thornton said her office regrets the closing but believes this will be the best for Kay County.
“By having my entire staff in one location, we can better provide the highest standard of professional service that the Kay County Court Clerk’s office has always strived for,” Thornton said.
THE PONCA CITY office of the Kay County Court Clerk will close permanently on June 23 due to reduced state funding, Court Clerk Marilee Thornton has announced. The move will impact those needing to make timely court payments and those seeking to obtain or renew U.S. Passports. Ponca City office personnel will be reassigned to Newkirk. (News Photo by Rolf Clements)