The Landes Letter - April 2022 Edition


   I hope this email finds everyone doing well and staying safe. My focus this month is to provide updates from the Clerk's Office including staff updates and awards.

   I have also included the latest photos from the Augusta County Courthouse virtual photograph tour. Please enjoy the latest photos.

Augusta County Circuit Court Clerk's Office Seeking Summer 2022 Interns

   The Clerk’s Office is once again seeking high school and college students who wish to serve as interns. The Clerk’s Office will provide internship and mentorship opportunities this Summer to students who are interested in Virginia Government, the Virginia Judicial System, or the law.

Apply Here

Staff Updates

   We said goodbye to Christy Wiskeman, Deputy Clerk in our Criminal Division. Christy decided to take a new post at Blue Ridge Community College and return to the field of public education. We will miss you Christy, and thank you for your service to the citizens of Augusta County.

   I had the privilege of administering to our new Deputy Clerk-Court Reporter Courtney Little her oath of office. We are happy to have Courtney joining the Augusta County Circuit Court Clerk's Office Team!

   Rachel Morgan, Deputy Clerk in our Criminal Division, received the February Clerk's Light Bulb Award. Rachel is the one who actually gave me the idea for the Clerk's Light Bulb Award, and she has worked to streamline our processes in her division, especially related to Advisements for defendants.

   Two new staff members have recently joined the Augusta County Circuit Court Clerk’s Office. The positions of Deputy Clerk – Court Reporter, and Deputy Clerk – Criminal Division were recently filled. We are so pleased to have Courtney Little and Amber Peterson join the staff of the Augusta County Circuit Court Clerk’s Office. Both Courtney and Amber are filling important roles in serving the public, and I know that they will provide great service to the Citizens of Augusta County.

Read the Press Release Here

Donate Today

   Donate today to help cover the costs of this newsletter along with future campaign initiatives. Your contributions help keep Augusta County citizens and the Clerk's office connected.

   If you would like to mail your donation, please make checks payable to: Steve Landes for Clerk of Court Committee.

P.O Box 12

Verona, VA 24482

Donate Here

Virtual Photograph Tour

   This is a letter from the Department of Highways to Augusta County Circuit Court Clerk Harry Burnett, with a Check and Receipt for $125.00 for F.W. Bell in exchange for purchase of a right of way. These are example of the documents we recently found in the Clerk's Office Safe we opened.

   These are Staunton National Bank account ledgers and cancelled checks for Augusta County Circuit Court Clerk Harry Burnett from 1933 to 1935. The checks are payable to the Treasurer of Virginia for fees collected, which we still do today. These are examples of the documents we found in the Clerk's Office Safe we opened.

   This is a 1916 Lease for an office at the Courthouse for the Office of Solicitor of the U.S. Department of Agriculture between Augusta County Circuit Court Clerk Harry Burnett, who also served as Commissioner of Public Buildings for Augusta County, and the USDA. Rent was $6.50 per month.

   Below is the original $5,000 bond issued by the Maryland Casualty Company to the Augusta County Board of Supervisors for a term beginning April 1, 1941. Beside it is the Continuation Certificate issued on April 1, 1943, for a cost of $25.

Clerk of Court Contact Information 

Please visit my website at for the latest news regarding the Augusta County Clerk of Circuit Court Office.

The Honorable R. Steven Landes, Clerk

Augusta County Circuit Court

[email protected]

540-245-5321 Ext. 100

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