Columbus Consolidated Government

Meet Danielle F. Forté

Danielle Forte is a proud native of Columbus, Georgia and the mother of a teenage daughter. Danielle is a product of a military family, her father is a retired Lieutenant Colonel and her mother is a retired community advocate. After graduating with honors from Hardaway High School, Danielle attended Spelman College (magna cum laude) and Emory Law School in Atlanta where she remained and practiced law for several years. In 2009, she returned to Columbus to practice law in the public sector. After serving as Assistant District Attorney, in 2018, Danielle ran in a special election and won the position of Muscogee County Clerk of Superior and State Courts. In her current position as Clerk of Superior and State Courts, Danielle manages forty (40) employees and an annual departmental budget and revenues totaling over $6 million.

On November 6, 2018, Danielle, with the help of various endorsements such as the Georgia Police Benevolent Association, was elected Clerk of Superior and State Courts by a landslide, winning every voting precinct in Columbus. On November 13, 2018, Danielle took the oath of office and “hit the ground running,” immediately implementing strategies for a successful division by targeting employee morale, customer service and constituent education.

Danielle promised to conduct an office that was fortified, fair and focused. She has delivered on that promise by developing events that educate constituents, delivering services that inform the community about important issues and demanding fairness in policies and procedures that impact her constituents - and she’s just getting started!

In a little over a year, Danielle has successfully developed and executed programs and activities that have elevated the Clerk’s Office to a new level of community commitment and involvement, such as seminars, programs and events below:

Dec. 20, 2018 eFile Attorney & User Training (Mildred L. Terry Library)
Apr. 4, 2019 eFile Lunch & Learn (Main Library)
Apr. 29, 2019 Meet the Constituents (Mildred L. Terry Library)
July 11, 2019 Notary Public Training (Main Library)
Aug. 23, 2019 Successful Completion of Georgia Superior Court Clerk’s Assoc., New Clerk Training (Atlanta, GA)
Nov. 21, 2019 Criminal History Summit – Criminal Record Restriction (Columbus Government Center)

Danielle enthusiastically supports her community and those in need. She serves on the boards of the Urban League of Greater Columbus, Tree of Life Healthcare and Partnership in Caring, Youth Advisory Board. Most recently, she successfully completed the New Clerk 40 Hour Training certification officially entered into the minutes of the court as mandated by law.

Danielle’s love of country was instilled in her from her father’s military service and her love of service to the community from her mother’s service as a community development advocate. She understands commitment and hard-work go hand-in-hand and is honored to serve as your Clerk of Superior and State Courts.

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Notary Training 2019 (01)
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Notary Training 2019 (02)
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Notary Training 2019 (03)
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Law Day 2019
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Oath of of Office, Chief Deputy Debbie Harris

Physical Address:

Government Center
100 10th Street, 2nd Floor Tower
Columbus, GA 31902

Mailing Address:

Clerk of Superior & State Courts
P.O. Box 2145
Columbus, GA 31902

Hours of Operation:

Monday - Friday
8:30a.m. - 5:00p.m.

Holiday Schedule

In accordance with O.C.G.A. § 15-19-51, the Clerk’s Office is strictly prohibited from providing any legal advice. To ensure that all procedures are followed and the rights of all parties are protected, it is advised to seek legal counsel from a licensed attorney.

Main: (706) 653-4370

APO: (706) 653-4285

Board of Equalization: (706) 225-4350

Customer Service: (706) 653-4358 opt. 1

Real Estate Recording: (706) 653-4358 opt. 2

Superior Court Civil/Domestic: (706) 653-4372

Superior Court Criminal: (706) 653-4353

State Court Civil: (706) 653-4361

State Court Criminal: (706) 653-4368