Magistrate Clerk Fired

The Courts
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A longtime Wood County official was given her pink slip. Now, a search is underway for a new clerk of Wood County Magistrate Court.

Elsie Smith, who has held that position for more than 12 years, was fired last Friday.

Judge Robert Waters' court, which oversees the Magistrate Court, confirmed this dismissal Wednesday, but would not give reasons for the action.

Smith was sworn-in in 1992 to replace Joyce Purkey, who now is a magistrate.