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By MEGHAN RUSSELLStaff writer
Calvert County Circuit Clerk Kathy P. Smith will be honored this month as one of Maryland’s Top 100 Women for 2012.
Jackie Hawkins, chief deputy of the Circuit Court, said she has worked with Smith for about 26 years now and believes Smith was chosen by The Daily Record, which has held the contest for high-achieving women since 1996, for her professionalism, dedication and hard work in the community.
“I think her all-around activities and involvement with the courts, her volunteering on different committees — I think she was outstanding for that,” Hawkins said. “She’s amazing.”
Smith has been an employee of the Circuit Court since 1980 and clerk since 1998 — a position to which she is consistently re-elected. She has served on many committees within the Maryland Judiciary, including the Maryland Rules Committee, played a key role in modernizing land records and the statewide case management system and helped developed procedural criteria for E-Courts, an electronic filing and document project, and for E-License, the electronic business license application system, according to the Calvert County Circuit Court website.
She has served as the chairwoman of the Conference of Circuit Court Clerks and president of the Maryland Circuit Court Clerks’ Association, is a member of the association’s Legislative Review Committee and currently chairs the Professional Development Committee for the Judiciary. She mentors other state judiciary employees and volunteers as an instructor for class sessions on procedure, employee motivation and ethics.
Hawkins said Smith also is involved with Calvert’s Court Appointed Special Advocate program, the Calvert County Optimist Club and Project Graduation, a drug- and alcohol-free night of celebration for graduating seniors.
“I am absolutely thrilled to actually receive this award,” Smith wrote in an email, “but I can’t help thinking that there are thousands of other women much more deserving ... I believe that I may be one of the only Clerks of the Circuit Court to ever receive this award, so I gratefully accept this recognition on behalf of all my colleagues, both male and female, who are so dedicated to the citizens of Maryland.”
Smith said she was excited that her son would be arriving from New York to attend an upcoming awards ceremony. “He and my husband are so supportive of me,” she said in the email.
She also shared an excerpt from a letter of recommendation from Faye Matthews, deputy state court administrator, used in her nomination: “She has helped to revolutionize the Clerk’s Office, not only in Calvert County, but in jurisdictions throughout Maryland and often is consulted for her vast knowledge, as well as her ability to impart that knowledge to others. Ms. Smith’s passion for the betterment of people extends beyond the professional world and into the community.”
Smith said she prefers to work behind the scenes in the community, helping raise thousands of dollars for breast cancer charities, the United Way and UNICEF, and sending care packages to military serving overseas.
She added that she is most proud of her dedication to mentoring other Judiciary employees, developing two award-winning certificate programs and earning the nickname “Mom” by those she mentors.
Smith will be honored at a ceremony from 5 to 8:30 p.m. on May 7 at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall in Baltimore. More information and tickets to the event are available at TheDailyRecord.com.