Wilkes is President-Elect of
Superior Court Clerks' Association of Georgia



F. Barry Wilkes
Clerk and Court
Administrator
Liberty County
F. Barry Wilkes, Clerk and Court Administrator of the Superior Court of Liberty County was recently elected president-elect of the Superior Court Clerks' Association of Georgia.

The 159 superior court clerks of the State of Georgia nominated and elected the local court clerk to the post during the annual summer meeting of the Superior Court Clerks' Association on April 24, 2002. Wilkes, who is currently serving his fifth term as the Clerk of Liberty Superior Court, was administered his oath of office by Sara Crow, Clerk of the Superior Court of Lowndes County.

Wilkes is a past-president of the County Officers' Association of Georgia which membership consists of the sheriffs, probate judges, clerks of superior court, and tax commissioners of the 159 counties of Georgia. He served as president of the Council of Superior Court Clerks of Georgia for five years (1990-1995) and was inaugural executive director of the Georgia Superior Court Clerks' Cooperative Authority , the state agency responsible for operating statewide automated Uniform Commercial Code (financing statement) and real estate information systems. He was elected to the Board of Directors of the Georgia Superior Court Clerks' Cooperative Authority in November 2000 by the Council of Superior Court Clerks of Georgia and took office on January 1, 2001. He was elected vice chairman of the Georgia Superior Court Clerk's Cooperative Authority in January, 2001. Currently, he is first vice-president of the Georgia Superior Court Clerks' Association.

Wilkes was awarded the County Officer of the Year of Georgia Award by the County Officers' Association of Georgia in November, 1999. The prestigious award is presented annually by the association to one of its 636 members, representing the 159 counties of Georgia, for "his or her outstanding contributions to the association, the people they serve at home, and the citizens of Georgia."

In 1993, he was the recipient of the prestigious Superior Court Clerk of the Year Award for the State of Georgia. Presented by the Superior Court Clerks' Association of Georgia, the award may be bestowed upon a clerk of superior court only once in his or her lifetime.

Wilkes served on the Board of Directors of the National Association for Court Management (NACM) from 1995-1997. In 1992 he was appointed to the Georgia Mapping and Land Records Modernization Advisory Board by then Gov. Joe Frank Harris. He served for five years on the state Court Futures Vanguard, a commission charged with visioning for the courts of Georgia. He is currently second-vice president of the Superior Court Clerks' Association of Georgia. He is chairman of the Liberty County Records Advisory Board which operates the county's off-site, centralized governmental records repository.

He is a member of the joint American Judicature Society/Justice Management Institute Pro Se Litigation Task Force, serves on various local and state boards and is very active in community-based civic and charitable organizations. He is past president of the Liberty County/Armed Services YMCA Board of Directors and serves on the organization's board of directors.

Wilkes regularly teaches courses to superior court clerks, attorneys, bankers, title abstracters, and other professionals. Among the topics he has taught are: Georgia's Uniform Commercial Code, governmental accounting, intangible recording tax and real estate transfer tax laws and clerical procedures, record management, record retention, establishing an off-site storage facility, office administration, handling difficult persons, Internet web site development, and numerous other subjects pertaining to superior court clerks' offices.

He is president of the Mary Lou Fraser Foundation for Families, a non-profit organization dedicated to assisting families; is a charter member and past-president (1998-1999) of the Liberty County-Armed Services YMCA, in Hinesville; is a member of Hinesville Lodge Number 271 F&AM, the City of Hinesville's Service Delivery Committee, and numerous other civic and social organizations; and is an elder of Flemington Presbyterian Church in Flemington, Georgia, where he also serves as editor of the monthly newsletter. He is a published poet and writer.