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Posted by: Stacey Shrader Joslin on May 15, 2014

Incoming Knox County Criminal Court Clerk Mike Hammond announced a number of initiatives this week geared toward "moving the department into the 21st century," WBIR 10 News reports. Hammond also appointed long-time chief of magistrates Richard Major to serve as his top aide. Hammond, who won last Tuesday's Republican primary, does not face opposition in August. He will take over the office on Sept. 2. Among the changes Hammond plans to implement are creating a usable website, cross-training employees and creating written procedures for the department. Current clerk Joy McCroskey, in office since 2008, opted not to seek re-election after revelations that lack of training and oversight in the office led to wrongful arrests and dismissal of cases.