Mrs. Kahalah A. Clay was appointed to the office of Circuit Clerk in January of 2011 and elected to the office in November of 2012. Kahalah, a native of East St. Louis, attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Indiana University School of Law – Indianapolis.
As an attorney, Kahalah was a full-time public defender with the Marion County Public Defender Agency. As a public defender, she tried cases from misdemeanors to felonies. Kahalah also practiced in the private sector primarily in the area of family law.
Prior to being appointed Circuit Clerk, Kahalah was an Assistant State’s Attorney with the St. Clair County State’s Attorneys Office. As an Assistant State’s Attorney, Kahalah tried traffic, misdemeanor, and felony cases.
Kahalah is married to Associate Circuit Judge William Clay IV and they celebrate two sons.
The Circuit Clerk is a statutory Judicial Administrator and is responsible for maintaining the official court record for all civil and criminal cases. Everyday the Clerks interact with Judges, lawyers and the public to perform duties that include but are not limited to the filing of court cases and the collection and disbursement of fines and fees.