Mary Lou Newman Teel, a 23-year veteran of the Jasper County Courthouse and current deputy Jasper County Clerk, says she wants to succeed her boss as the new County Clerk.

Mary Lou Newman Teel, a 23-year veteran of the Jasper County Courthouse and current deputy Jasper County Clerk, says she wants to succeed her boss as the new County Clerk.
Teel threw her hat in the ring on Monday in an announcement at the former Rumor Has It restaurant that she is running in the August Republican primary for the next four-year term as Jasper County Clerk.
Teel is the second candidate to announce for that job. Current State Rep. Charlie Davis told a local television station and announced on Facebook that he's running for County Clerk.
Teel, in a news conference on Monday, touted her experience in county government as a factor in her favor in the race.
“I love the job, absolutely I love what I do and I take pride in the work I do and in the excellence in customer service I help provide,” Teel said on Monday. “I am so thankful for my time with the county, so thankful for the friends I've made and the people I've met. I love when people come to me with a problem and ask me if I can help them and I love the fact that 99 percent of the time I'm able to help, and if I'm not, I will find an avenue to answer their question or get that help for them.”
Teel said she's worked in the Clerk's office for the past 12 years and worked in the County Treasurer's Office for 11 years before that.
Her current job as deputy county clerk includes handling the county's payroll and human resources duties.
“I feel like I have the most knowledge of anyone out there,” Teel said. “I've worked all facets of the office, everything it entails I've had some kind of dealings with. I have a pretty good general overview of everything that goes on inside the county clerk's office. I hope that the people of Jasper County look at that I've been a dedicated and loyal county employee for 23 years. I feel like that's a major factor people should consider. When you look for someone to do a job and you take applications, you like to see people who have experience and good general knowledge and I think that's what I bring to the table.”
Among those at Teel's announcement was her boss and current Jasper County Clerk Marilyn Baugh, who said she decided not to run for reelection even though she's only served one four-year term as the clerk.
“I've been there for 43 years and I decided to get out while I'm healthy,” Baugh said. “The office gets more complicated every year and I feel blessed to have worked there for so long. I also feel blessed that I have a good retirement, so when it's time to go, it's time to go.”
Baugh said she's endorsing her deputy clerk for the job.
“She's a very dedicated and hard worker,” Baugh said “She knows the office and I think she'll do a good job.”