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County probate division will come under circuit clerk

Departments will combine, but no layoffs will result

In an effort to improve efficiency and reduce redundancy, the St. Louis County Circuit Court's probate division will become part of the circuit clerk's office on Friday. The change means Circuit Clerk Joan Gilmer, instead of Probate Judge Gary Gaertner Jr. (pictured), will have the authority to hire and fire the clerks in the probate division. The Circuit Court Budget Committee of the Missouri Supreme Court has been pushing for consolidation of probate clerks and circuit clerks for about 13 years, said Greg Linhares, state court administrator.