Betty Herriage, office manager and chief administrative assistant at the Henderson County District Attorney’s Office, has announced her candidacy for District Clerk.
Herriage is a lifelong resident of Henderson County and native of Murchison. She began working for the Henderson County District Attorney’s Office in 1996 and said she has played a vital role in the success of the office for the past 17 years.
Herriage credits hard work and persistence as leading to her promotion to her current position in 2000. She said the job requires a strong leadership presence and managerial talent to promote and insure a high level of efficiency and work ethic to guide an office of 15 employees. Herriage’s peers and employees acknowledge her compassion and ability to solve difficult problems that occasionally arise during the course of managing an office consisting of a diverse group of attorneys, investigators and support staff.
The District Attorney’s Office is responsible for handling felony criminal cases, civil seizures and forfeitures, along with child protective service cases in each of the various County and District Courts in Henderson County.
Herriage is also responsible for the office’s bookkeeping and purchase orders, in addition to the day-to-day administrative issues that are inherent with an office of its size. she said her experience and eye for detail contribute to the smooth operation of the office.
Herriage said she has, for more than a decade, proven to be a good steward of Henderson County taxpayer’s money. She oversees the day-to-day administration of the District Attorney’s Office $1.1 million dollar budget. She calls herself a strong fiscal Conservative and prides herself on seeking the most cost-effective way to use funds and getting the most out of each and every taxpayer dollar.
Herriage said she is passionate about working with crime victims of Henderson County. That concern led to her serving as co-chair for the inaugural 2013 Henderson County Crime Victim’s Conference. The 2-day event focused on educating law enforcement, CPS workers and attorneys from around the state on critical issues relating to crime victims.
Herriage also co-chairs the annual Child Abuse Awareness Campaign, better known as “GO BLUE.” The event is a cornerstone of the effort to raise awareness to protect Henderson County children that are victims of neglect, physical violence and sexual assault.
Additionally, Herriage serves the county as a member of the Cedar Creek Kiwanis Club and is member of the Lone Star Republican Women’s Organization, where she is the Chairperson for the 2013 Fundraiser.
She also serves as an Advisory Board Member for the East Texas Crisis Center and has served as a member on the Henderson County Crime Stoppers Board for the last three years.
When asked about her motivation for seeking the office, Herriage states, “After 17 years of service to the citizens of this county, I have the leadership skills and managerial experience to make the District Clerk’s an office of the people. During my time in county government, I have learned the importance of an office that truly cares about and serves the people of the county. As District Clerk, the office will operate in a courteous, professional, competent manner and will be accessible to the public. My goal is to meet the needs of the public.”
Herriage is married to Glen Herriage, director of utilities for the City of Athens. When she is not volunteering her time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two grown, married children and her four grandchildren.
Herriage’s Campaign Treasurer is longtime Henderson County resident and retired Athens Municipal Judge, Elaine Coffman.