Roos was elected as the Clerk of Court in the 1980 General Election and began working as the Clerk of Court for O’Brien County in January, 1981. Jeff was re-elected in 1984 and then appointed in 1986 by the District Court Judges as a transition was made to state court funding of clerk offices. Roos says that there have been many changes in his 31 years as Clerk of Court, going from large dockets to computers in 1979. He says he has enjoyed working for O’Brien County and the State of Iowa but he looks forward to doing something other than an office job.
The district judges of the 3A judicial election sub-district have designated Laurie Janssen to take on the responsibilities of the O’Brien County Clerk of Court Office when Roos retires. Janssen currently serves as the Clay County Clerk of Court—a position she acquired in 2009.
Janssen grew up on a dairy farm in Lake Park, attended technical school in Jackson, Minnesota graduating from the court reporter program. She worked six years in a Lakefield, Minnesota law office and began working in the Clay County Clerk of Court’s office in July, 1988. She became Clerk of Court in Clay County in 2009 and is looking forward to working in O’Brien County. She is married to Lance Janssen, a project technician for Alpha Wireless, and they have two daughters, Allison, a website application developer for Buena Vista University, and Melissa, an accounting major at the University of Northern Iowa.