Hon. Dorothy Brown

CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT, Cook County - Illinois

Dorothy Brown was elected as the Clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois, in 2000, and has been re- elected to four additional terms in Office. As the official keeper of records for all judicial matters brought into one of the largest unified court systems in the world; Clerk Brown is responsible for managing an annual operating budget of more than $100 million and has a workforce of 1,700 employees.

Clerk Brown has brought revolutionary changes to the operations of the Circuit Court Clerk’s Office through her focus on improving services within five strategic areas: 21st Century Technology, Operational Efficiency, Customer Service, Employee Training and Development, and Financial Accountability. Clerk Brown has implemented a host of innovative programs, which have streamlined processes, enhanced customer service, saved millions of dollars for taxpayers, and increased revenue for Cook County administration

Dorothy is an Attorney, a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), and she holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration (MBA). She is one of eight children born to a staunch unionist father and a deeply religious mother. Dorothy remembers her childhood days growing up in the small, southern town of Minden, Louisiana. Although her parents were poor and uneducated, they instilled in their children the values of sacrifice, self- discipline, and the importance of obtaining a good education

Dorothy is very proud of her accomplishments and says, “All my life, wherever I have been and in whatever I have done, I have tried to conduct myself in a manner that would be pleasing to my father and mother, because I know I am a representation of the hopes and dreams that they instilled in our family.”