By Matt de Simone
Last Thursday at the Botetourt Juvenile and Domestic Relations Courtroom, Judge Paul Tucker recognized First Clerk Pam Jarvis with the 2020 Exceptional Leadership Award.
Judge Tucker mentioned that Jarvis was selected out of about 50 nominees. Tucker stated that Jarvis’s “tireless efforts” through the COVID pandemic included critical hiring and personnel decisions during that time.
Deputy Clerk Jessica Chrisman submitted the nomination application to the Association of Clerks of the District Courts of Virginia, nominating Jarvis. In the application, Chrisman noted, that [Jarvis] “is a ‘people-person’ is an understatement. She is the people’s person. Pam told me that ‘we try to make peace for people. When someone comes to us, it may be the worst day of their life, so when speaking with them, we try to remember that.’”
Chrisman’s nomination mentioned Jarvis’s “unimaginable” balancing act during the court’s recent renovations mixed with the Botetourt County courts being separated and all of Jarvis’ other duties in the courthouse.
“I am so proud and lucky to work with such an amazing leader, role model, and teacher,” Chrisman noted in the nomination.
Judge Tucker then presented a plaque recognizing Jarvis’ achievements.
“I thank all of you for everything you’ve done,” Jarvis said to those in attendance. “I’m very proud to be in Botetourt County. I absolutely love it here. I love everyone I’ve worked with. Everyone is professional, wonderful, and makes my job easy.”
Jarvis then thanked members of the staff and for those who attended the recognition.