The field of candidates for Clerk of Circuit Court of Northumberland County has expanded to three with the entry of Thomas H. “Tommy” Tomlin into the race.
Tomlin announced his candidacy several weeks ago and said Monday that his goal is to make the clerk’s office “as fully modern as possible.”
Tomlin, who is serving his fourth term as a member of the county’s board of supervisors from Dist. 4, is a lawyer who has been the county’s juvenile probation and parole officer for 20 years. The position involves supervising juveniles who are placed on probation and those, who having been committed to juvenile incarceration, are granted parole. Part of his duties include preparing a “social history” of juveniles before the court decides how to dispose of their cases.
“It’s sort of like a pre-sentence report in circuit court,” he said.
Tomlin is from a long-time Northumberland County family, members of whom have served on the county court and as sheriff.
In fact, a painting of his great-grandfather, John Hopkins Cole, the court member, hangs on his office wall and he can see the old jail in Heathsville that his grandfather, Sheriff Thomas Bouldin, supervised from his office window.
Tomlin graduated from Northumberland Hgh School before earning a bachelor’s degree in political science at Randolph-Macon College. He earned his law degree from George Mason University and practiced law until taking his job as juvenile probation and parole officer.
Tomlin is married to the former Elise Dameron of Mila. The couple has a daughter who is a student at Christopher Newport University in Newport News. They attend the Tibitha Church of God. Tomlin is also a member of the Northumberland Rescue Squad.
The Tomlins live in the Sandy Point area of Northumberland County.
The current clerk, Deborah Bingham, and Toni Allison of the Commonwealths Attorney’s office are also running for the position.
Although he says party affiliation really has little bearing on the duties of the clerk, Tomlin said he is running as a Republican because he has always run as a member of the party and it would be odd to quit now.