A Minden native whose work ethics are steeped in service will be the keynote speaker Sunday at the 26th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration.
Dorothy Brown, Clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois, seeks to deliver new and enhanced services at the Clerk's Office because the citizens of Cook County deserve the best and "it's the right thing to do."
Brown's remarks will focus on the event's theme: "Living United, One Dream, One Purpose."
"I am honored to return to my hometown to deliver a speech about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., whose life's work and dream for our country has had such a major impact on my own life," Brown said. "So much of what I have been able to accomplish is owed to his legacy. I feel in many ways that I am the epitome of Dr. King's dream of being judged by the content of one's character not the color of one's skin."
As the official keeper of records for all judicial matters brought into one of the largest unified court systems in the world, Brown is responsible for managing an annual operating budget of more than $100 million and has a workforce of more than 2,100 employees.
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.
She has implemented a host of innovative programs, which have streamlined processes, improved quality service, saved millions of dollars for taxpayers, and increased revenue for Cook County administration.
The celebration, featuring Brown as guest speaker and featuring oratorical contest winners, youth leadership awards and performances by the MLK Mass Choir, will begin at 3 p.m. Sunday, January 20 at the Minden Civic Center.