Trio vie for clerk post

Teresa Hall Roberson is the third candidate to announce plans to seek the Circuit Court Clerk post in the November contest.

Then, a special election will be held to fill the unexpired term of long-time clerk Susan C. Gasperini, who retired earlier this year.

Sherri Hazlewood and Robert Hiatt also are seeking the post.

Roberson, 54, began her criminal justice career 18 years ago. She served as a deputy with the Patrick County Sheriff’s Office for eight years. For nearly 10 years, Roberson said she has served as a probation and parole officer with the Virginia Department of Corrections.  She currently also is a rural carrier associate with the United States Postal Service.

“I’ve been a sworn officer and worked with the court system for many years, handling numerous cases in Patrick County Circuit Court, as well as the Henry County and Martinsville City Circuit Courts,” Roberson said.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in governmental administration and a master’s degree in criminal justice.

“I have a varied work history that has allowed me to work with people of diverse backgrounds, cultures, and ethnicities,” Roberson said. “I have worked as a certified nursing assistant, in an insurance office, in textiles, and as a cook, server, and bartender.”

Before her criminal justice career, Roberson also worked 17 years at The Enterprise, handling sales/advertising and maintaining accounts in Patrick and Henry counties, Martinsville, and neighboring North Carolina counties of Stokes and Surry.

“I have over 35 years of experience working with the public, including customer service, criminal justice-related matters, and in many other roles, including data collecting, report writing, and records keeping and case management,” Roberson said.

Roberson also has served on the board of directors for the Patrick County Farm Bureau for the last several years, and has served as president for more than five years, she said.

“In this volunteer position with the Farm Bureau, I have worked with other board members to advance and improve the Virginia Farm Bureau Federation, as well as the Extension Service and the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Commerce, and have helped prepare the organization’s annual budget, as well as policy planning,” Roberson said.

“With my experience and education, I am well qualified to serve as clerk of court, and I welcome the opportunity to serve in that capacity, and ask for everyone’s support in this November’s special election,” Roberson said.

A life-long resident of Patrick County, Roberson lives in the Moorefield Store community. Roberson has a daughter, Lindsay Roberson, of Roanoke; and a son, Corey Roberson, of Stuart. She is a daughter of Betty Hall of Stuart and the late William “Marshall” Hall.

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