UPDATE: Ridgway reflects on first month as Wood County Circuit Clerk

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PARKERSBURG, W.Va.-(WTAP) Update: 2/20/2020

She's been on the job-and busy at it-for a month, but Wood County's new Circuit Clerk was sworn in Thursday by Commission President Blair Couch.

Celeste Ridgway was appointed in January to succeed Carole Jones, who retired from the post after nearly 30 years.

Since becoming head of the office, Ridgway says she's been making some plans for some renovations-a new paint job and a remodeling.

She's also stepping up an ongoing effort to convert court files to digital format.

"We had the maintenance department bring up some cabinets, so they will be on site to scan files in their entirety," Ridgway says. "We'll get those protected and scanned, and then try to reach the Supreme Court to see what the retention schedule what we can get rid of in that building."

Beginning in July, the clerk's office will completely convert to paperless files.

Also Thursday, the commission indefinitely adjourned as the Board of Review for individual property tax appraisals.

Couch says no one came to appeal their property taxes this year, same as last year.


UPDATE: 1/22/20 5:30 P.M.

Nearly 50 people turned out Wednesday afternoon at the Holmes Shaver Judicial Annex in Parkersburg as Wood County's new circuit court clerk was sworn into office.

Celeste Ridgway, a veteran deputy working under retired Clerk Carole Jones, took the oath of office from Circuit Judge J.D. Beane.

Ridgway will serve at least through the end of 2020 and has already filed as a candidate in the May 12 Primary Election.

Jones' term was to run through 2022, during the retirement annoucement last week, Beane ordered a Primary and General Election for her unexpired term that is to take place during this year's election cycle.

Candidates have until Jan. 25 to file to run for the circuit clerk's office.


UPDATE 1/17/2020

Wood County Circuit Clerk Carole Jones is retiring.

Jones notified Circuit Judge J.D. Beane of her decision Friday.

Judge Beane, in a proclamation, immediately ordered a primary and election for Jones' unexpired term, which ends in 2022, take place with this year's election cycle. That means candidates can file for the office for the May 12 primary. The filing deadline is January 25.

Jones has served in the office for more than 50 years, and has been circuit clerk more than 30. She was elected to her current term in 2016.

Jones said in 2018 she wanted to resign after voicing disappointment in the budget for her office approved by the Wood County Commission that year, but never officially resigned.

Celeste Ridgway has been appointed acting circuit clerk.


1/17/20
Wood County Circuit Clerk Carole Jones is retiring.

Jones notified Circuit Judge J.D. Beane of her decision Friday.

Celeste Ridgway has been appointed Jones' successor.

We'll have more on this story on WTAP News at 6, and at wtap.com.