Jefferson County Circuit Clerk Lafayette Woods Sr. has announced he will be a candidate for reelection in the 2018 Democratic primary. Woods, who was elected to his first term in 2008, said in a news release that he is “relying on his years of experience as circuit clerk, as well as the many technological advances that he has implemented in the office of the circuit clerk, to better serve the public and operate more efficiently.”


“My office acts as the clerk of the circuit court and juvenile court and usually acts as the ex-officio recorder of the county,” he said. “My administrative duties consist of maintaining a record of all proceedings of the circuit courts to enter docket number and name of the defendant and to prepare the dockets for these courts. Additionally, I am responsible for preparation of summons, warrants, orders, judgments and injunctions authorized by the circuit court for delivery by county sheriff.


“My office maintains a file of all cases pending in either court, as well as a record of all past court cases and their disposition. The circuit clerk acts as a secretary to the jury commission by keeping a list of all prospective jurors and is also the ex-officio county recorder; responsible for recording deeds, mortgages, liens, and surety bonds, and many other orders and instruments which involve property within the county among other duties.”


Woods continued: “I have enjoyed serving the citizens of Jefferson County and hope to continue as their circuit clerk for as long as am capable. I am proud of my accomplishments in my tenure.”


Woods said some of his accomplishments include implementation of the Arkansas Juror Software System, which revolutionized the way the Office of the Circuit Clerk selected jurors.


“Continuing my commitment to implement new ideas and programs aimed at enhancing the service rendered by my office to the public, I am also proud of our implementation of the Contexte Case Management System. In my last eight years in office, I have expanded my knowledge of every aspect of operations related to the Office of the Circuit Clerk,” Woods said.


Woods was born and reared in Jefferson County to Drucilla and Elzie Woods Sr. and graduated from Dollarway High School in 1974. Following graduation from DHS, Woods joined the United States Army, where he retired at the rank of Sergeant First Class after serving for 22 years.


Woods is a graduate of Fort Ben Harrison School of Administration, as well as Advance Leadership Non-Commission Officer School. Woods holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the Arkansas Baptist College and a Master of Science Degree from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. Woods and his wife Gwendolyn Jimmerson-Woods, also a Jefferson County native, have four children, Tamara Garth, 43, Dorothy Trave Ware, 39, Tarsha Robinson, 36, Lafayette Woods, Jr., 36, and eight grandchildren.


The Woodses are members and worships leaders of Mt. Bayou Missionary Baptist Church in Altheimer. Woods’ civic and professional affiliations include: Disabled Veterans of America & American Legion and the Arkansas Association of Circuit Clerks.


“Under my continued leadership, the Office of the Circuit Clerk shall to continue to stay on the cutting edge of technological advancements and with the help of the thirteen employees’ in the Office of the Circuit Clerk, we shall continue to strive for excellence in service to all whom require the many service we provide,” Woods said.