Acting county clerk chosen to finish Parraguirre's term

Diana Alba was chosen Tuesday to fill the remaining term of Shirley Parraguirre, the 11-year Clark County clerk who died of leukemia.

Alba has worked in the clerk's office since 1985 and has been assistant county clerk for nine years. She has run the office since Parraguirre died Aug. 30 at age 69.

County commissioners appointed her as the interim head until a county clerk is elected in fall 2010 and sworn in January 2011.

"Ms. Alba has been a dedicated public servant in that office for more than two decades and is someone who will work to ensure that residents and tourists continue to receive a high level of customer service," Commissioner Rory Reid said in a news release.

Alba has helped train new Nevada court staff and has sat on a variety of committees whose goals were to increase the efficiency of county clerks' offices throughout the state.

She is stepping in for Parraguirre, who pushed for independent oversight of court records -- a battle she eventually lost -- and who ushered her office into the digital age to meet growing demand.

"Shirley's passing has been difficult for those of us who worked closely with her," Alba said in a statement. "Nevertheless, I am looking forward to bringing to completion several initiatives Shirley and I have been working on this past year."

They include developing a system that allows credit cards to pay fees and accepting online applications for marriage licenses, she said.