Beeville Municipal Court Clerk Zenaida Silva is announcing that she is seeking the office of Bee County District Clerk. Zenaida is looking to return to an office in which she has over 20 years experience.She began service in the Bee Country District Clerk’s office in 1978 as a child support deputy and rose to become the Chief Deputy District Clerk in 1999. For the last four years, she has served as the Clerk of the Beeville Municipal Court.
Zenaida says, “I know that my experience, relationships, and qualifications make me uniquely suited to serve the people of Bee County as their District Court Clerk. I have had the privilege and honor to work under retired District Judges Rachel Littlejohn Diebel, Ronald M Yeager, and Alonzo T. Rodriguez and also current District Judges Joel B Johnson, Janna K Whatley, and M.E. Welborn. I am looking forward to serving under many more.”
Zenaida Ramirez Silva was born July 19, 1955 in Beeville to Frank “Pancho” and Paula Ramirez. She was the fourth of five girls. Mrs. Silva went on to graduate from A. C. Jones High School in 1974. She married her high school sweet heart Amado T. Silva. They have been married for 36 years and have two daughters, Anna and Angela. Zenaida is involved with many community activities, including the March of Dimes and Relay for Life programs. She has served as team captain for both programs for both Bee County and the City of Beeville. Zenaida hopes that someday a cure will be found as her family has suffered the effects of both diseases. Amado and Zenaida are both active members of First Baptist Church Beeville where she is currently a member of the handbell choir.
Upon graduation, Amado enlisted in the US Marine Corps and Zenaida followed him first to North Carolina and then Okinawa. After four years of service, they returned to Beeville in 1977 In 1978, Zenaida began what would become her 20 years of service in the Bee County District Clerk’s Office. For the last four years, Zenaida has been the clerk of the Beeville Municipal Court, where she has continued to apply her court clerk experience to make the municipal court a model of efficient government.
During her 20-plus year career in as a court clerk Zenaida has gained extensive experience implementing the electronic jury selection, e-filing, electronic child support payments and electronic of court records thru I-Docket. In doing this it allowed other County and State Departments to collect fines and fees in a faster and more accurate manner. She has been trained in Attorney General Child Support Stratus Divisions, E-filing for courts, and department management. As the Beeville Municipal Court Clerk, Zenaida continued her training, earning Court Clerk certification for municipal government in 2009. She has also been part of countless county and district training regional area meetings and regional area meetings.
Zenaida continues, “I am no stranger to innovation and technology. I have embraced and successfully implemented several initiatives to improve the function of both the District and Municipal Courts though new uses of technology.”While custodian of the district clerk records, Zenaida implemented the office’s first transition to digital document management. As the Beeville Municipal Court Clerk, Zenaida was a key part of the effort to move the Beeville Police Department to electronic ticket writers and also spearheaded the effort to allow online payment of fines which has allowed them to collect thousands of back owed fines and fees owed to the City of Beeville. Zenaida has deep roots in and a deep love for Bee County.
She says, “I need your vote to bring my unmatched experience back to the office of the Bee Country District Court Clerk. I hope to have the opportunity to give the residents of Bee County the efficient government they deserve. I respectfully ask for your vote and support.”