Comanche County_Robert Morales, a former trooper of the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, took an oath as Comanche County's new court clerk on Wednesday. Morales, a Lawton native and graduate of Eisenhower High School and Cameron University, has a strong background in legal matters as well as a good working relationship with the district attorney's office and the district judges.
Central District Commissioner Ron Kirby says Morales was the best person to succeed the previous court clerk Joan Williams. "With his background in law enforcement and legal issues, I believe he will do an excellent job for Comanche County and its citizens. But I want to remind the public that ultimately the choice for our court clerk will be up to them in the next election this year," added Kirby.
Morales' law enforcement career began with the Lawton Police Department where he served nearly seven years before taking a position with the Oklahoma Highway Patrol. He retired from the Oklahoma Highway Patrol in March 2007 and began working for the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety in April. Morales is a graduate of Eisenhower High School and has a degree in Criminal Justice from Cameron University.
"I believe my thirty-five years of professional experience working in the public service field and dealing directly with the Courthouse personnel, public officials and the general public to promote the health, welfare and safety of our community has prepared me to excel in this position," stated Morales.
Morales said he plans to serve the people of Comanche County through the employees and hopes to continue moving forward with new ideas and new technology as it becomes available. "There is a strong staff already in place in our office, and I believe the transition will go smoothly... I do plan on running for election later this year and want to continue our public service with the current staff," added Morales.
Morales will be sworn in and officially take over as Court Clerk January 2, 2008.