The chief deputy clerk of the Baltimore City Circuit Court was promoted Thursday to succeed Frank M. Conaway, Sr., who died last month after 17 years as clerk, the court announced.
Lavinia G. Alexander, who has served as deputy clerk to Maryland's busiest court for 14 years, was elected by a vote of the court's judges, as is procedure in the state constitution in the case of a vacancy. Voters will pick a clerk in the next general election in 2018.
Conaway died in his sleep Feb. 15 at his home in the Ashburton neighborhood in Northwest Baltimore at age 81.
Before joining the court, Alexander spent 20 years in the finance industry, specializing in loan acquisitions for Signet Bank and handling customer relations for a national youth education program partnered with the Police Athletic League.
Alexander attended Morgan State University and the American Banking Institute and is a graduate of the National Center for State Court's Institute for Court Management, the court said. She is a member of the Judiciary's Conference of Circuit Clerks, Maryland Clerks Association and Human Capital Management.
The clerk's office has about 280 employees and keeps the court's records, including orders, pleadings, filings, deeds, mortgages. The clerk issues business and marriage licenses, performs civil marriage ceremonies and administers oaths of office to judges and government officials.
In the court's statement announcing her appointment, Alexander said she was "honored that the judges of this court have chosen me for this exciting challenge."
"I am grateful for the opportunity to continue to serve the public and move the Clerk's Office to the next level of efficiency, effectiveness, and access," she said. "We will continue to strive to be approachable, responsive and respectful to all who have business with the court."