Teresa Hash Dobbins has worked in the court system for over 14 years. She was elected Circuit Court Clerk for Powhatan County in February 2014.
Her previous experience in the court system began in 2001 in the Powhatan County Combined Court as the principal court clerk in the Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court. She worked for 6 years in the Powhatan Circuit Court for William E Maxey, Jr., where she was the principal court clerk and assistant probate clerk. Prior to being elected as Clerk, she worked in Chesterfield County Circuit Court as a principal criminal court clerk.
Schools & Training
She graduated from Powhatan County High School, attended Mary Washington College in Fredericksburg, Virginia, and has a legal secretary degree from Braxton School of Business in Richmond, Virginia. Through the VCCA she has attended and completed all 6 of courses with the National Center for State Courts, Institute for Court Management including:
- Court Performance Standards: CourTools
- Fundamental Issues of Caseflow Management
- Managing Court Financial Resources
- Managing Human Resources
- Managing Technology Projects and Technology Resources
- Purposes and Responsibilities of Courts
She is the first Clerk to have completed the Institute for Court Management’s Certified Court Administrator Program and the VCCA’s Career Development Program requirements.
Elected Clerk in a special election February 2014.
Chesterfield County Circuit Court, Principal Courtroom Clerk, 2013-2014
Deputy Clerk, Powhatan County Circuit Court, 2005-2011
Bookkeeper, Patient Services Inc., 2003-2005
Deputy Clerk, Powhatan County General District and Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court, 2001-2003
Secretary/Treasurer, Hash Construction, Inc., 1990-2001
Powhatan High School, Powhatan, Virginia
Mary Washington College, Fredericksburg, Virginia
Braxton Business College, Richmond, Virginia
National Center for State Courts, Williamsburg, Virginia
(1st Clerk in Virginia to become a Certified Court Manager)
Board Member, Powhatan Community Action Agency
Member, Virginia Circuit Court Clerk’s Association