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Dennis Ayers was born and raised in Virginia and has spent the last eleven years in Lexington and Rockbridge County. Currently the paralegal for the Rockbridge Commonwealth Attorney’s Office, Ayers is a 1993 graduate of University of Virginia Law School and previously worked as both a technology manager and national account executive for legal publisher Thomson Reuters.

Through his work at the Commonwealth Attorney’s Office, Ayers is well known by the local legal community and has worked closely with the Circuit Court Clerk’s office on criminal cases. “Bruce [Patterson, the retiring Clerk of Court] has done a terrific job and will be very difficult to replace. I’m grateful to have worked with both him and his fantastic current staff.”

“But the office has some major challenges ahead in order to better serve the community.”

“In the next few years our courthouse will need to join other Virginia courts in transitioning to a paperless environment. That means accepting credit cards for paying fines and license fees, e-filing, digital imaging of existing records, better online access to court documents.”

“Our next Clerk of Court needs to have the legal and technology background and the long-term commitment to tackle these challenges,” says Ayers. “I worked for over a decade consulting with large law firms on technology and how to move their libraries from print to digital. I’d like to put that experience to use for the citizens of Rockbridge County and Lexington.”

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