Satellite Probate Office opens in Holly Pond

Left to right are Miranda Hood, Kristi Nielsen, Wendy Campbell, Kathy Swann, Cullman County Probate Judge Tammy Brown and Holly Pond Mayor Bill Oliver. (Christy Perry for The Cullman Tribune)

HOLLY POND, Ala. – The east side of Cullman County now has the convenience of a Cullman County Probate satellite office. Located inside Holly Pond Town Hall, the office is open one day a week, for now, but Probate Judge Tammy Brown said she is hoping to expand service hours there in the future. Brown, along with members of the Probate Office staff, joined Holly Pond Mayor Bill Oliver Thursday afternoon to celebrate.

The new satellite office was established with the aim of making Probate Office services more convenient for residents on the eastern side of the county.  Another satellite office is in Dodge City. The satellite offices can assist citizens with business, boat, hunting, fishing and marriage licenses. Deeds and mortgages can also be recorded.

Said Brown, “Basically everything except driver’s licenses can be done here. All this is with the State. We just have an employee who can do that, so we are just taking the State-provided services to the people.”

Brown said she is working on adding a computer station, which will allow people to renew their driver’s licenses online. “That will be an added benefit,” she said.

Voter registration cards and sample ballots are also available at the Holly Pond satellite office. Court, anything to do with elections, driver’s license road tests and photos will still need to be done at the Cullman County Courthouse. The Cullman County Revenue Office handles car tags and property taxes at the courthouse and its Baileyton satellite office.

The Holly Pond satellite office is open Tuesdays from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Kristi Nielsen, who works at the Dodge City office, will be working at the Holly Pond location as well. Brown said she has a couple of employees out on leave and others busy preparing for the November election, but she hopes to expand the Holly Pond office’s days of services after November.

“I’d like to see two or three days, or whatever we need down here,” said Oliver.

The inside of Holly Pond Town Hall has been renovated in the past several months, making the space inviting and allowing plenty of room for the Probate Office to conduct business.

“This is the perfect location for this side of the county,” Brown said. “We are excited. It’s been a great experience. It’s taken a little bit longer. We’ve had some obstacles, but we overcame them and we are so excited to be out here. As an elected official, serving the people of the county and making things more convenient for them is what it’s all about.”

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Christy Perry