NEW CASTLE – Sharon Oliver was sworn in as the new Craig County Clerk of Circuit Court today, and was due to start her job on Tuesday. Oliver was elected to the office a week ago to succeed Clerk Sharon Braden, who took over in January to fill out the year after then-Clerk Peggy Bostic retired.
Oliver asked Kathy Martin to stay as her deputy. Martin worked with Braden, who, when asked last week what she planned to do, said, “Look for a job.”
Oliver was elected by 62 votes over the next-closest candidate, Trevor Craddock, in the hotly contested eight-person race. She will fill the five years remaining in the term. Clerks’ terms in Virginia are for eight years.
The salary of the Craig County Clerk of Court is set by the Virginia State Compensation Board, and is currently $73,304.
The clerk’s office handles circuit court functions, both criminal and civil; is responsible for recording deeds, marriages, divorces, court judgments and more than 700 different duties.
The new clerk and her husband, Dennis Epperson, live near Camp Mitchell. Her father-in-law, Wayne Oliver, was Craig County Clerk of Court a number of years ago.
Oliver has a son, B.J. Oliver, and daughter-in-law, Teresa, of New Castle; seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild.