Teresa Hash Dobbins

Circuit Court
Title: Clerk of the Circuit Court
Teresa Dobbins

Teresa Hash Dobbins has worked in the court system for over 14 years. She was elected Circuit Court Clerk for Powhatan County in February 2014.

Previous Experience
Her previous experience in the court system began in 2001 in the Powhatan County Combined Court as the principal court clerk in the Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court. She worked for 6 years in the Powhatan Circuit Court for William E Maxey, Jr., where she was the principal court clerk and assistant probate clerk. Prior to being elected as Clerk, she worked in Chesterfield County Circuit Court as a principal criminal court clerk.

Schools & Training
She graduated from Powhatan County High School, attended Mary Washington College in Fredericksburg, Virginia, and has a legal secretary degree from Braxton School of Business in Richmond, Virginia. Through the VCCA she has attended and completed all 6 of courses with the National Center for State Courts, Institute for Court Management including:
  • Court Performance Standards: CourTools
  • Fundamental Issues of Caseflow Management
  • Managing Court Financial Resources
  • Managing Human Resources
  • Managing Technology Projects and Technology Resources
  • Purposes and Responsibilities of Courts
She is the first Clerk to have completed the Institute for Court Management’s Certified Court Administrator Program and the VCCA’s Career Development Program requirements.

Experience Summary
  • Elected Clerk in a special election February 2014.
  • Chesterfield County Circuit Court, Principal Courtroom Clerk, 2013-2014
  • Deputy Clerk, Powhatan County Circuit Court, 2005-2011
  • Bookkeeper, Patient Services Inc., 2003-2005
  • Deputy Clerk, Powhatan County General District and Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court, 2001-2003
  • Secretary/Treasurer, Hash Construction, Inc., 1990-2001

  • Powhatan High School, Powhatan, Virginia
  • Mary Washington College, Fredericksburg, Virginia
  • Braxton Business College, Richmond, Virginia
  • National Center for State Courts, Williamsburg, Virginia
  • (1st Clerk in Virginia to become a Certified Court Manager)

Professional Memberships/Affiliations
  • Board Member, Powhatan Community Action Agency
  • Member, Virginia Circuit Court Clerk’s Association


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