Mary Ann Shortall was appointed Clerk of the Circuit Court for Talbot County in 1985, and elected to a four-year term in November 1986. Ms. Shortall has been reelected every four years since 1986. She has 30 years of varied working experience within the Clerk's office.
The Clerk's responsibilities include supervising Clerk's office personnel in the civil, criminal, courtroom clerks, business license, marriage license, land records, and juvenile units. Ms. Shortall is responsible for administering a budget, performing civil marriages, and jury clerk.