UNION COUNTY — More than a decade after she retired for the first time and almost two years after she retired for the second time June Miller is back on the job as Union County Clerk of Court.
On Tuesday, Gov. Nikki Haley issued an executive order appointing Miller Clerk of Court, an office that she’d held for 20 years before her first retirement in 2004. Miller, who began her career with the county in 1975, came out of retirement in 2009 at the request of Clerk of Court Freddie Gault to assist him in reorganizing the office. She said Thursday that her return to the Clerk of Court’s Office at that time was supposed to be for “two or three months but it turned into five years” before she retired for the second time in 2014.
Miller came out of retirement again this week to once again serve as Clerk of Court. The office had been vacant since Dec. 4 when Gault resigned to become District Congressional Liaison for US Fifth District Rep. Mick Mulvaney.
On Thursday, as she did after winning each of her five elections to the office between 1984 and 2000, Miller raised her right hand and placed her left hand on The Bible to take the oath of office as Clerk of Court. The ceremony took place in the Main Courtroom of the Union County Courthouse with The Bible held by Miller’s husband, Joel, and the oath administered by Judge John C. Hayes III.
After administering the oath, Hayes spoke, recalling in his dealings with Miller over the years “she taught me a lot,” calling her “a great guide and help, dependable and reliable.”
Hayes also spoke of Miller’s “pride and love” for the Clerk of Court’s Office, which she herself spoke of as she prepared to take the oath.
“I have a great pride in this office,” Miller said. “I don’t want anything to happen to pull it down. It really is my heart.”
After taking the oath of office, Miller, as her first act as Clerk of Court swore-in her three deputy clerks. Miller praised the deputy clerks and the rest of the staff for their service and experience and understanding of the Clerk of Court’s Office. She said that it was the opportunity to work with the staff that lead her to accept appointment as Clerk of Court.
“I feel great about it,” Miller said. “The main reason is I have a great staff that is going to back me. If it wasn’t for them I wouldn’t be here because there has been so many changes.”
Miller’s appointment is for the remainder of Gault’s term which expires at the end of this year. An election for Clerk of Court will be held in November, but Miller said she will not be a candidate.
Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090 or email@example.com.