By SCOTT MCKIE B.P.
ONE FEATHER STAFF
The Clerk of Court office for the Cherokee Tribal Court will be filled with experienced shoes. June Ray, a longtime Haywood County Clerk of Superior Court, was sworn-in as the new Cherokee Tribal Clerk of Court by Cherokee Tribal Court Chief Justice Kirk G. Saunooke on the afternoon of Friday, Nov. 17.
A native of Haywood County, Ray began her career as a deputy clerk in the county in October 1981 following her graduation from Western Carolina University with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. In November 1991, she was promoted to assistant clerk where she remained until she was appointed, in June 2002, to fulfill the term of her predecessor, Gill Henry, as Clerk of Superior Court of Haywood County, an elected position. She remained in that position until her retirement on Oct. 31, 2017. During her time as Clerk of Superior Court, she never faced opposition in an election.
“I just love the work,” Ray said of why she was drawn to working in a clerk’s office. “I love working with people. I love helping people. It’s a passion of mine to try to help people solve their problems.”
She went on to say, “When I got ready to retire from the state, I didn’t just want to quit work. This opportunity opened up, and I’m very fortunate and very happy to be here. I hope I can serve the Tribe and hopefully please the people here.”
Ray is a member of numerous committees and boards including the North Carolina Sentencing and Policy Advisory Commission and the North Carolina Conference of Clerks of Superior Court.