The Magnolia City Council recently approved the appointment of Victoria Hanson as the city's new court administrator. Hanson had taken over the duties last May, while still handling duties as the city administrator's executive assistant.
"I love it," Hanson said. "I haven't stopped smiling since my appointment. We have a wonderful team in Magnolia and it's so nice to work in a place like this."
As a sort of interim administrator, Hanson made several changes to procedures in the municipal court, over the last few months.
"We started out by changing the structure of the website and that's an ongoing process where we want to make it easier for defendants to pay online," she said.
Hanson came to Magnolia from a law firm and before that she was a deputy court clerk in Oak Ridge.
Some changes she has already implemented include a change in the hours of the court.
"We changed to an 8:30 to 4:30 schedule because it gives us time to prepare for closing reports and court night," she said.
Hanson has also set up an interface with the police department that allows them real time access to municipal warrants.
"I worked with the police department to come up with a system that allows them to see the warrants in real time," she said. "Before, officers would have to call the court to verify warrants."
She said that she wants to work towards making the court more efficient.
"I want to make some changes with the court dockets because right now they are far too busy and there are far too many cases on the docket," she said."My goal is to focus on collections, so that warrants will be cleared and to make everything more streamlined and efficient."
Hanson, who is married with one daughter, currently lives in Conroe, but is looking to make Magnolia her home in the future.
"I aspire to move here," she said. "It's a great community with good people."