Missoula County clerk says goodbye, looks forward to retirement

Zoe Buchli

Anyone that’s wandered into the Missoula County Clerk of District Court’s office on the second floor of the courthouse likely has bumped into Shirley Faust.

As the elected Clerk of District Court, Faust maintains all the records for the Missoula County District Court which includes both criminal and civil cases. Her office also issues all the marriage licenses for the county and keeps an up-to-date list of eligible jurors for trials in the county’s district court. She oversees an office of 18 deputy clerks.

Faust is also the current longest-serving elected official in the county. That will change with her retirement at the end of November.

“Shirley is as committed a public servant as they come,” Missoula County Commissioner Juanita Vero said of Faust. “We will miss her dedication to public service, her kindness and her commitment to providing access to justice for all.”

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She’s spent 20 years in the position. In that time, Faust oversaw the clerk’s office as it filed hundreds of cases per year, adjusted to technology changes and navigated the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I’m so proud to have worked for Missoula County,” she said.


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