Shelby County Clerk Wanda Halbert has shut down shop, once again, to catch up on more backlogs of car registrations and titles.
The downtown clerk’s office will be closed for the next two weeks. In a letter sent out Monday night before closure Tuesday, the department noted they needed time to process and clear MVR and title requests.CLICK HERE to download the FREE KWAM NewsTalk Memphis App!
“As the Shelby County Clerk’s Office nears the end of the latest issuance of new state license plates, we’re taking measures to stay ahead of February’s anticipated rush,” Halbert said in a statement.
Car owners across the county are calling her actions “incompetent.”
Last August, Halbert was in hot water after taking a week off to Jamaica and then closing the offices again just a few weeks later in September.
Halbert said February will be a busy month due to tax season and that her staff needs time to prepare.“The Shelby County Clerk’s offices often see a significant increase in new vehicle purchases and Motor Vehicle…In an effort to stay ahead of this rush, the Shelby County Clerk’s office is closing the MVR and Title departments to the public at the Downtown location only during the weeks of January 24th-27th and January 30th-February 3rd so our team can process and clear MVR and Title requests,” she said.