Shelby County Criminal Court Clerk

The office of the Shelby County Criminal Court Clerk is responsible for maintaining the Court records, administration of the ten (10) Criminal Court divisions, and collecting fines & fees. As directed by the Tennessee Code Annotated, revenue is generated by fees for service.

About Heidi Kuhn


“The future lies with those wise political leaders who realize that the great public is interested more in government than in politics.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt

“As the Shelby County Criminal Court Clerk, I understand that public service has never faced as stern a test as it does today. People are watching our government, and with this challenge comes opportunity. They want to be reminded of that distinctly American feeling that theirs is a government of the people, by the people and for the people, a government that works for them and it is my goal to serve the public by standing up for them and making the Criminal Court Clerk’s Office stand out by being effective and efficient in our service.”

Heidi Kuhn started her career with Shelby County Government in January 2001 as the Executive Director of the Crime Victims Center, advocating for victims and fighting for their rights. She was then appointed as the Deputy Director of Community Services, where she was responsible for all victim and offender services, as well community support divisions, such as the Aging Commission, the Community Services Agency and Veterans Affairs. Ms. Kuhn then became the Director of Training where she developed a Training Center for the County from concept to fully operational status. Prior to being elected Criminal Court Clerk in August 2018, she served as the Special Assistant and Lead Strategist to Sheriff Bill Oldham, researching, strategizing and implementing innovative policies to enhance law enforcement and jail operations.

Ms. Kuhn believes in giving back to the community and thus has served and continues to serve on several boards and is active within the community. She is a member of Leadership Memphis, an Adjunct Professor for Christian Brothers University, she held a position on the Advisory Board for COMEC (Commission on Missing and Exploited Children), a Foundation Board Member for the Shelby County Drug Court, Past Vice-Chairman of the Lakeland City Economic Development Commission and the Lakeland City Design and Review Commission, Past President of the Domestic Violence Council, a Board Member of Greater Memphis Media, Inc., an active member of the County Officials Association of Tennessee (COAT), and a member of the International Association of Government Officials.

Ms. Kuhn holds a Master’s degree from Christian Brothers University Business School and a Bachelor’s degree in Education from the University of New Mexico. She also holds certifications in Leadership, Management and Ethics.

Clerk Kuhn is committed to serving the people of Shelby County to the best of her ability and she is dedicated to making sure the Criminal Court Clerk’s office strives towards effective and efficient government operations. 

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