Clerk of Courts Lori Meyer leaving for position in Anoka County
After more than two decades as St. Croix County’s Clerk of Courts, Lori Meyer is leaving. She has taken a similar position as court administrator of Anoka County in Minnesota.
Meyer has worked for the county for 25 years, 22 as clerk of courts and she has seen lots of changes over the years. When she started there were two judges and her staff numbered 11, now there are four judges and 16 employees. Her office oversees everything related to the St. Croix County courts -- criminal and civil complaints, trials, juries, traffic, judges, victim and witness services, court records and more, all while being answerable to the county board and ultimately to voters.
“It is a very busy office with a lot of players. On any given day there are a lot of balls in the air. On any given day there might be five times that you have to drop whatever you’re doing and handle something else. The trick is to strike the right balance,” said Meyer.
And by all accounts, she has done just that. Voters have elected and re-elected her every term since November 1992, facing only two challengers in that time.
Not having to go through another election, however, is one of things she will not miss in her new job. In Minnesota the position is not a political office.
What she will miss are the people she works with every day. “I have loved my job. I have enjoyed working with wonderful judges and the people on the County Board over the years. And I have had great staff working with me. That’s hard to leave behind.”
In her new job she will work with 17 judges and have a staff of 88. Anoka County has a population of around 380,000 as compared to St. Croix with around 85,000. She said getting to know a whole new community, especially one that large, will be a challenge and she will miss the familiarity with residents she has developed over the past two decades here and the strong sense of community she has developed.
But the time was right to make a change even if it means a lengthy commute. “This job was the right fit when my family was young. It was nice to work close to home and have some flexibility and I am grateful to the voters and all the people who have mentored me along the way. But my youngest is off to college now and the idea of being able to do the work I love without having to go through anymore elections is a blessing.”
After taking some vacation, Meyer will assume her new position across the river on Aug. 1. In the interim her chief deputy, Kristi Severson, will manage the office.