Heather S. DeWees is the first elected female Clerk of Circuit Court for Carroll County. Since taking office on December 3, 2018, she has implemented various policies to ensure the that each person who is served by the Carroll County Clerk’s Office receives professional, accurate & courteous access to justice. She has created and updated literature offered by the Clerk’s Office and spends time educating the public about the services the Clerk’s Office has to offer. Additionally, she serves on committees statewide to benefit the Maryland court system and Carroll County residents.
Clerk DeWees is a member of the of Maryland Judiciary Education Committee, the Professional Development Subcommittee and the Non-Case Record Automation Subcommittee. In fall 2021, she will serve as an Instructor for the Educational Development Course in the Institute for Court Management Certification Program (ICM). She encourages her staff to take advantage of professional development opportunities offered by the Judicial College by having them attend various courses and recommending them for court certification programs.
Since Mrs. DeWees has been in office, programs have been put in place to ensure that Carroll County consistently meets yearly case time standards and has improved the accessibility of the legal system to all. Several security aspects have been improved throughout the Clerk’s Office to meet the standards of the National Center for State Courts. The goal of Clerk DeWees and her staff is safe, efficient and effective service.
Mrs. DeWees was raised in Rivesville, West Virginia and she is a graduate of Fairmont Senior High School and Mount St. Mary’s University, Maryland where she played Women’s Basketball and received her Bachelor of Arts in History and Spanish. A Summa Cum Laude graduate, she was recognized as the Top Performer in her History Major for her graduating class, was selected as a District NCAA Division I Academic All-American and was elected into the Mount St. Mary’s Athletic Hall of Fame.
Clerk DeWees is also a graduate of Wake Forest University Graduate School, North Carolina where she earned a Fellowship and a Master of Arts Degree in Education. She has coached high school girls’ basketball for over 25 years and has been the Head Varsity Girls’ Basketball Coach at Manchester Valley High School in Manchester since its opening in 2009.
She resides in Westminster with her husband, Jim, and their three children.