Augusta County Circuit Court Clerk’s Office Announces Promotion And New Deputy Clerks

     STAUNTON – Augusta County Clerk of Circuit Court R. Steven Landes announced today that Rachel L. Morgan has been promoted to Senior Deputy Clerk for the newly reorganized Criminal Division. In addition, Esther I. McDaniel, Hannah E. Davis, and Grace A. McNeal recently joined the Augusta County Circuit Court Clerk’s Office as Deputy Clerks for the Criminal Division.

Photograph Caption: Rachel Morgan, Senior Deputy Clerk; Esther McDaniel, Hannah Davis and Grace McNeal, Deputy Clerks.

     “We are proud to be able to promote Rachel as Senior Deputy Clerk to supervise and coordinate our newly reorganized Criminal Division,” Landes said. “Rachel’s organization and mentorship skills will be effectively utilized with three new staff members joining the Augusta County Circuit Court Clerk’s Office, and her dedication to the office make her a perfect fit for this role.”

     “We are happy to have Esther, Hannah and Grace joining the hardworking staff of the Circuit Court Clerk’s Office,” Landes added. “These ladies will be filling the important role of Deputy Clerk in our Criminal Division and will also be working in Court directly with the Judges, Judicial Assistants, and Attorneys.”

     Ms. Morgan joined the Augusta County Circuit Court Clerk’s Office as a part-time Civil Assistant in October of 2018. She became a full-time Deputy Clerk for the Criminal Division in June of 2019. Before joining the Clerk’s Office, she was a Mathematics Teacher at Riverheads High School for the Augusta County Public Schools. Ms. Morgan received a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Liberty University.

     Mrs. McDaniel received her Diploma from Commonwealth Connections Academy in Pennsylvania and attended Indiana Wesleyan University majoring in Youth Ministry. She most recently served as a Support Teacher at the Good Shepherd School and Daycare in Waynesboro. Mrs. McDaniel and her husband, Lloyd, have three children.  

Ms. Davis received her Bachelor of Criminal Justice from Mary Baldwin University. She most recently served as a Personal Care Assistant for Shenandoah Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. Ms. Davis also served as a Clerk’s Intern for the Augusta County Circuit Court Clerk’s Office in the Fall of 2020.

     Ms. McNeal received her Associates of Applied Science in Psychology from Grand Rapids Community College, and she will be seeking a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from a local college. Ms. McNeal most recently served as an Assistant Manager for Table 44/Paris Cake Company. She also served as an Intern for the Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion Program.

     The Augusta County Circuit Court Clerk’s Office is in downtown Staunton at the Augusta County Courthouse. The Clerk serves as the recorder of deeds and probate judge, issues marriage licenses and is the official court administrator for all civil and criminal cases. The Clerk creates and maintains all court files and records, prepares court orders and jury lists, contacts jurors and issues summons and court processes. More information about the services of the Augusta County Circuit Court Clerk’s Office can be found online at

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