Mrs. Kahalah A. Clay was appointed to the office of Circuit Clerk in January of 2011. 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 Assistant State’s Attorney William Clay IV and they celebrate two sons.
The Circuit Clerk is responsible for maintaining a record of all traffic, civil and criminal cases. Everyday the office interacts with the public and attorneys to perform duties that include collection and disbursement of traffic tickets, criminal fines, and civil fees.