About Felicia

Felicia Pitre was elected to the office of Dallas County District Clerk in November, 2014. She was sworn in on January 1st, 2015 as the first African-American to ever hold the office, and the first African-American woman to be elected to a county-wide administrative position. Felicia has brought decades of experience in non-profit and public service management to the office. Her no-nonsense approach to management and business ethic eliminated a persistent backlog in citation processing, electronic filing of cases, and appellate records enhancing customer service to the attorney community, litigants and the public.

Felicia was born and raised in Lake Charles Louisiana and relocated to Dallas, Texas in 1985. Felicia received her baccalaureate degree from Northwood University and her Masters degree in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix. Felicia lives in South Dallas/Fair Park and is the current president of the Phyllis Wheatley Neighborhood Association. She is a member of Metropolitan AME Church in Dallas.

About the Office

The office of district clerk has been included in every Texas Constitution since the Republic. The Texas Constitution states,

“There shall be a clerk for the district court of each county, who shall be elected by the qualified voters and who shall hold his office for four years, subject to removal by information, or by indictment of a grand jury, and conviction of a petit jury. In case of vacancy, the judge of the district court shall have the power to appoint a clerk, who shall hold until the office can be filled by election.”

The district clerk is called on to assure that the affairs of the district courts are maintained objectively with the full confidence of judicial authorities. The Texas Government Code outlines the duties and powers of the clerk of the district court:

"The clerk of the District Court has custody of and shall carefully maintain and arrange the records relating to or lawfully deposited in the clerk's office."

The Dallas County District Clerk currently has a budget in excess of $12 million and employs up to 190 deputy clerks. The office provides direct services to the 13 civil courts, 7 family courts, 2 juvenile courts and 17 criminal courts. The office also provides a 24-hour service to the magistrate court located in the Lew Sterrett jail.