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Jason Bragg is a sergeant with the Effingham County Sheriff’s Office. His law enforcement career began in 1999 as a jailer and dispatcher with the Screven County Sheriff’s Office. In 2001, he graduated from the police academy, and at 19 years old, became a certified police officer. Five years later, Jason moved to Effingham County and started as a road deputy.
While working at the sheriff’s office, Jason earned his Bachelor’s degree in criminal justice administration.During his time at the sheriff’s office, Sheriff McDuffie tasked him with finding and implementing the records management, jail, and dispatch software. Throughout his tenure, he has successfully managed civilian and sworn personnel. Jason has more than 2,400 hours of additional training and certifications through the Peace Officers Training Council.
In addition to his role at the sheriff’s office, Jason also works for Courtware Solutions, a software company that manages courts throughout Georgia. With Jason’s two decades of experience, he is running for Clerk of Superior Court of Effingham County. Jason is from Swainsboro, Georgia, and is the son of Susan Bragg.
What experience do you have that properly equips you for the position of Clerk of Court?
An extensive background in the criminal justice system, more than 2,400 hours of training, and a degree in criminal justice administration equips me with the skills needed to be your next Clerk of Superior Court. I am employed by Sheriff McDuffie as a sergeant and managed the communications division. I was responsible for nearly a dozen employees and oversaw the daily operations of the division. I serve my community with pride, honor, and integrity.
In addition to working for the Effingham County Sheriff’s Office, I work for Courtware Solutions. We provide court management software for more than 300 customers throughout two states. I am very knowledgeable when it comes to the operations of the court system.
How do you view the day-to-day role of the Clerk of Court? (The balance between managing the office, working with other elected officials, and general public servant work; daily duties and responsibilities; etc.)
The title of Clerk has many responsibilities. One of the primary duties of the Clerk is being the official recordkeeper of the County. The Clerk’s office receives and maintains all criminal and civil court filings as well as maintains county land and property records.
As an elected position, the Clerk is a direct servant of the citizens of Effingham County and must maintain a positive relationship with citizens and other elected officials. The role of the Clerk is critical to the efficiency of the County’s day-to-day operations. Because of that, it is vital to have someone passionate and dedicated to community service
What practices are in place in the Clerk’s Office that you think are important to carry over into a new administration?
I believe that the practices in place in the current Clerk’s office are working very well. I want to maintain that level of quality when I’m in office and continue to enhance operations. As we progress as a county, there are always opportunities for growth and continued improvement.
How can the Effingham County Clerk’s Office be more efficient?
With today’s technology, we can be more efficient by offering more online services and meeting the public where they are. What I mean by that is being more accessible online, whether it be by enhancing mobility applications or improved user-friendly ways to connect to the office.
We can increase efficiency by providing a witness hotline that would allow citizens, officers, and attorneys to call in the day before they are scheduled for court to make sure that their cases are still scheduled to be heard.
Another enhancement would be to provide kiosks that would offer residents the ability to pay for tickets instead of coming into the Clerk’s office. Providing the ability to pay online would be another way to enhance operations and make it easier for our residents.
I also believe in the continuity of operations and cross-training employees. If everyone is trained to handle various situations, this will allow for faster processing of documents. This would also ensure that the office could still operate in someone’s absence.
How can the Clerk’s Office be more transparent about activities and finances?
I would like to see the Clerk’s office on Facebook and other social media outlets. Social media is a great way to connect with our residents and meet them where they are. This would provide the general public an avenue to learn more about what we do, engage with us, and get to know us.
In terms of finances, we do not make any money. What comes in is paid out. The office makes sure state and local fees are paid, and then all funds that are remaining are paid to the county general fund.
What types of practices do you plan to implement to advance the office technologically?
I will be looking into installing kiosks in locations throughout the County to allow residents to pay for tickets. I want to put court calendars online, implement an automated phone system for court information, and move to a paperless environment. Digital is more important than ever, and we must make it easier for our citizens to interact with us online (safely).
Will any other employment or business venture in which you are vested present a conflict of interest for you as Clerk of Court? Please explain your answer.
I am employed by Courtware Solutions, and we are under contract with Mrs. Hursey to provide court management software. If elected, I would end my employment with Courtware Solutions to avoid a conflict of interest.
Why do you want to be the next Clerk of Court of Effingham County?
I want to continue serving the citizens of Effingham as I have done for many years. I feel that the Clerk’s office needs someone willing to learn and move the office forward, especially when it comes to technology. The person for the job also needs to have the ability to lead personnel by building a team that works for one end goal of serving the public while keeping records, and maintaining the integrity and security of such records.
I am a man of integrity with a passion for serving. I foresee myself with at least three more decades of service, and it would be an honor to lead this office.
Is there anything else you would like the public to know about you?
I have been in public service for more than 20 years. I grew up in a single-parent home and witnessed my mother work several jobs to make ends meet. I was the oldest of two children, and my sister and I were given the best lives. I was a Boy Scout and earned my Eagle Scout at the age of 17. I started the Law Enforcement Explorer Post in Swainsboro before attending the police academy. I have a passion for serving and being a community leader. I have earned many specialized certifications along with my Bachelor’s degree in criminal justice administration. The experience and training I have will allow me to effectively lead the Clerk’s office into its next phase.
I know what it will take to improve customer service, training of employees, and technology within the office. I plan to do that all while serving the public and maintaining a competent and experienced staff. The office can’t run with just one person; it takes a team to lead.
To learn more about me and my visions, please my website at www.jasonbragg4clerk.com. I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org, on Facebook at Jason Bragg for Clerk of Superior Court or on my cell phone at 912-429-6193.
I am always accessible to the public and promise to be even after elected. Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.