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Emond sworn in as clerk of courts

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Susan Emond is sworn in as Clerk of Courts of Franklin County by Superior Court Judge John Agostini on Wednesday.

Recorder/Paul Franz Susan Emond is sworn in as Clerk of Courts of Franklin County by Superior Court Judge John Agostini on Wednesday.

GREENFIELD — The Superior Court room echoed with the uncharacteristic sounds of laughter and applause Wednesday as friends, colleagues and Elvis gathered to celebrate Susan K. Emond’s swearing in as clerk of courts.

Superior Court Judge John Agostini shared anecdotes from Emond’s four-and-a-half years in the superior court clerk’s office and administered the oath of office, while former colleague Richard Colgan presented a number of gifts, including a black velvet portrait of Elvis Presley.

“You are the new queen of the superior court, and he is the king,” Colgan said of the object he said has for years made the rounds of court Christmas parties.

Emond replaces Eve Blakeslee, who announced her retirement last year after 12 years as the elected chief administrator for Superior Court.

Agostini praised Emond for her sense of humor and professionalism.

“I thank you all from the bottom of my heart,” Emond said, audibly emotional as she thanked her family, friends and supporters in the September election, which she won over opponent David Roulston by a 3-to-1 margin.

Emond thanked Roulston for being a gentleman and a nice person throughout the campaign and Blakeslee for hiring her and giving her the tools to follow in her footsteps.

Looking ahead to her first year in the six-year post, Emond told the approximately 70 people gathered in the old courtroom her first priority is preparing for the move to temporary quarters and then into a new building over the next three years or so.

The state plans a drastic renovation of the court building at the corner of Hope and Main streets, during which the district and superior courts will relocate temporarily to the Greenfield Corporate Center on Munson Street.

Emond, 49, a Bernardston resident and Greenfield native, said she will have worked as a clerk in the Franklin County Courthouse for 20 years this spring.

“We’re off and running, nothing’s changing, it’s going to be the same as it was before and I welcome any suggestions or criticism,” Emond said near the end of her first official day in the position.

Downstairs, in Greenfield District Court, Tammy Raymond was sworn in as assistant clerk magistrate.

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