I. Theodore Phoebus, Clerk
I. Theodore Phoebus has served as Clerk of Court of Somerset County since February 1963. The Honorable E. McMaster Duer appointed Mr. Phoebus to the Clerk of Court position upon the death of the newly re-elected Clerk, Grace J. Barnes.
Mr. Phoebus is a native of Somerset County – born in Oriole -- and presently resides on the outskirts of Princess Anne. He attended Somerset County schools until he enrolled at Charlotte Hall Military Academy where he graduated in 1948. He attended Salisbury State College until 1951 when he entered the army. He served in the finance division at Fort Meade and later in Germany. Upon his release from the military, he finished his education at the University of Baltimore with a degree in accounting.
Mr. Phoebus managed a family owned automobile business in Crisfield until 1960 when he left to take a job with the International Department of Hercules Powder Company in Wilmington, Delaware. He was employed there until being appointed by Judge Duer as the Clerk of Court.
Since becoming Clerk of Circuit Court, Mr. Phoebus has seen many changes in the operation of the Clerk’s office as well as the court system in general. His goal when appointed, and which continues to this day, is to serve the people of Somerset County in a manner that gives them the respect and service they deserve. He is a long-time member of the Maryland Court Clerk’s Association, having served as its vice-president and on several committees over the years.
Mr. Phoebus has one son, Peter, and one grandson, Thomas.