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Clerk of Courts Hours Change

LINN COUNTY, IA (CBS 2/FOX 28) -- The clock ticks away at the Linn County Clerk of Courts office.

It's just after 3PM and employees here are hard at work serving the public on a Tuesday afternoon, it's been a much different scene for the past four years, says Clerk of Court Roxanne Repstein.

They gave us two hours on Tuesday and Thursday with no phone calls, no counter, no interruptions, Repstein said.

State staffing cuts meant reduced hours twice a week so employees could catch up on work.

It was very difficult for the public to try and work around our hours, Respstein said.

Now she says things are different with this year's budget.

More funding means more staffing, and now they're back on schedule Monday through Friday 8am to 4:30pm.

Visitors to the clerk's office are putting the stamp of approval on the new hours. Attorney Mark Rettig says more time means more flexibility.

We're in the middle of a case and we need to get something from the clerks office, now the clerks office is open, Rettig said.

Others, like Carrie Jones with Iowa Settlement Services, deal with mortgages across the state. Time is of the essence for her job. If she gets held up on paperwork for a potential homeowner, their approval may not get through.

She says the hours help.

I saw the sign on the door and I said yay!...I'm gonna do the happy dance, Jones said.

Repstein says this will increase convenience in the clerks office and may not necessarily mean cases will be processed faster.

However, the state is putting more money this year towards judges, court reporters, and attendants, which she says may help with efficiency in the courtroom.
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