Jean Marie Christy to be appointed Clerk of Superior Court

Press release from Office of the Superior Court Judges:

Pursuant to North Carolina General Statute Section 7A-100(a), “[i]f the office of clerk of superior court becomes vacant otherwise than by the expiration of the term . . . the senior regular resident superior court judge for the county shall fill the vacancy by appointment until an election can be regularly held.”

Senior Resident Superior Court Judge for the 28th Judicial District, Alan Thornburg, will, upon the retirement of the current Clerk of Superior Court on March 31, 2023, appoint Jean Marie Christy to the position of Clerk of Superior Court.  Ms. Christy currently serves as Assistant Public Defender in Buncombe County.  She is a native of Buncombe County, holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a law degree from Washington and Lee University School of Law.  Judge Thornburg stated, “Ms. Christy is a respected attorney, works hard to ensure access to our justice system for all citizens, engages technology and prioritizes efficiency.  Her talents are well-suited to ushering the Clerk’s office into the future and overseeing the transition to ECourts, the North Carolina Court System’s new online document preparation tool.”

Assistant Clerk of Superior Court, Ryan Stone, previously agreed to be appointed as the next Clerk of Superior Court upon the retirement of the current Clerk but Stone subsequently decided to remain in his position as Assistant Clerk.

About Community Bulletin
Mountain Xpress posts selected news and information of local interest as a public service for our readers. To submit press releases and other community material for possible publication, email

Before you comment

The comments section is here to provide a platform for civil dialogue on the issues we face together as a local community. Xpress is committed to offering this platform for all voices, but when the tone of the discussion gets nasty or strays off topic, we believe many people choose not to participate. Xpress editors are determined to moderate comments to ensure a constructive interchange is maintained. All comments judged not to be in keeping with the spirit of civil discourse will be removed and repeat violators will be banned. See here for our terms of service. Thank you for being part of this effort to promote respectful discussion.

Leave a Reply

To leave a reply you may Login with your Mountain Xpress account, connect socially or enter your name and e-mail. Your e-mail address will not be published. All fields are required.