The voters of Johnston County elect the clerk of superior court for a four-year term. Clerks are paid by the state, with their salaries scaled in accordance with the population of their counties. As one would expect, the clerk is responsible for all clerical and record-keeping functions of the superior court and district court. However, the clerk also has numerous judicial functions: The clerk is judge of probate - that is, the clerk handles the probate of wills (proceedings to determine if a paper writing is a valid will) and the administration of estates of decedents, minors and incompetents. The clerk also hears a variety of special proceedings such as adoptions, incompetency determinations and partitions of land and is empowered to issue arrest and search warrants and to exercise the same powers as a magistrate with respect to taking pleas of guilty to minor littering, traffic, wildlife, boating, marine fisheries, alcoholic beverage, state park recreation and worthless-check offenses.
Will R. Crocker (D)
207 E. Johnston Street
Smithfield, N.C. 27577
Term Expires: 2014
The Register of Deeds serves as custodian and manager of large numbers of public records. Registers of Deeds are elected to four-year terms by the citizens of the County the Registrar serves. By law, the Register of Deeds is charged with the integrity, completeness, accuracy, and safekeeping of these public records. It is the mission of the Johnston County Register of Deeds to preserve the integrity of the records and to make them accessible to you.
The Johnston County Sheriff's Office is a constitutionally established law enforcement agency, obligated under the laws of the State of North Carolina. It's purpose is to ensure the safety and security of the citizens of Johnston County by housing persons incarcerated by the courts, maintaining the security of the county courthouse and serving civil and criminal documents, evictions, seizure of property or money as ordered by the courts; pursuing and arresting fugitives from legal actions taken through the courts.