18 August 2015
A courtly, kind-hearted gentleman, Peterson, 69, has led his clerk’s office to a place in which it regularly earns praise from those who use its services. In fact, sometimes his clerk’s office is even referred to as the best in the state.
The commitment to excellent customer service, Peterson said, is shared by his seven “honest, dedicated, devoted, energetic, and hard-working” deputy clerks. “I really am gratified by their commitment to serve the public in a very cordial and meaningful manner,” he said. “I can very honestly state that my current staff is the very best staff which I have had in my 26 years of service here.”
Perhaps Peterson’s biggest contribution to Fluvanna County is the new courts building in Palmyra. Dedicated in 2001, the new courts building embodied Peterson’s highest moment as clerk, when he realized that his “dream of Fluvanna County having a beautiful, functional, and handicapped-accessible new courthouse had come true.”
Peterson, who played a pivotal role in bringing the courts building into existence, said, “Because I consider it to be such an incredible and wonderful building, I consider my very deep involvement in the planning, design and construction phases to be my greatest legacy. I have been told by retired judges from all over the state that it is the most beautiful court facility that they have ever seen.”
Helping to create the new facility was certainly a high watermark for Peterson. On a more day-to-day basis, in addition to working with his beloved staff, he said he enjoys “serving the public and not having to charge them for my assistance, like I had to do when I practiced law before I became the circuit court clerk.” His clerk’s office often does not charge a fee for services that would cost money in other counties.
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