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McLennan County strives to provide excellent public services to the residents of the 24 cities that make up our ever-growing County. The County’s many departments are responsible for making communities livable by maintaining: roads and bridges, law enforcement and corrections, a court system to protect our legal rights, secure storage of our important public records and protection against threats to public health among other things. These services are intended to improve the quality of life for local residents. McLennan County has a team of almost 930 employees working together toward the improvement of the community. Our workforce is a reflection of the varied and all-encompassing services we provide, so employees are diverse in skill, experience and background. McLennan County is the perfect place to start a long-term career with a life-time of passion.

We only accept applications for positions that are currently open and advertised.  McLennan County no longer accepts paper applications.  McLennan County is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

***Resumes are treated as supplements to the application only and WILL NOT replace any section of the application, as example, all applicants are expected to provide the past 10 years of employment history within the application. Incomplete applications will be DISQUALIFIED even if a resume is attached. The application is the primary tool used when determining whether the minimum qualifications are satisfied so complete all sections.***

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Court Reporter (Open Positions: 1)

Location: 19th District Court, Waco, TX 76701
Department: 19Th District Court
Job Status: Full-Time
Details: $2,125.97-3,390.53 biweekly
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Position Summary

A Certified Shorthand Reporter, under general supervision, makes a verbatim record of court proceedings, produces transcripts, maintains and retrieves files, assists the public and performs general secretarial duties.

Job Description


  • Must comply with the Code of Ethics and Chapter 52 of the Government Code
  • Machine Shorthand verbatim record of all court proceedings
  • Transcribe all court records on appeal in accordance with Uniform Format Manual and appellate guidelines
  • E-file all appellate records with the courts of appeals
  • Provide written transcripts of all proceedings upon request
  • Planning and scheduling related to court reporting transcript deadlines
  • Maintain accurate court proceedings log
  • Capture spoken dialogue with specialized equipment, including stenography machines, video and audio recording devices, and covered microphones
  • Report speakers’ identification
  • Read or play back all or a portion of the proceedings upon request from the judge
  • Ask speakers to clarify inaudible or unclear statements or testimony
  • Provides copies of transcripts and recordings to the courts, counsels, and parties involved
  • Preserve shorthand notes for future reference, per statutory guidelines
  • Mark and retain all exhibits introduced in court proceedings and later file with the district clerk and/or Sheriff’s Department
  • Schedule a Certified Shorthand Reporter to serve in your absence
  • Regular attendance and timeliness are required




  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Successful completion of Certified Shorthand Reporting Program




  • Valid Texas Driver License (Class C)
  • Must be a State of Texas Certified Shorthand Reporter (certification must be renewed every two years)
  • Must have good public communication skills and patience for telephone calls and in-person inquiries


  • Two or more years’ experience in court reporting operations
  • Real time a plus
  • Member of TCRA and/or NCRA a plus


All Employees

o      Must be committed to achieving excellence in assigned duties, always in service of the county and community

o      Must have ability to earn and keep the trust of fellow employees and the community at large

o      Must be approachable and ready to help fellow employees and the general public


ENVIRONMENTAL FACTORS: Works primarily indoors in well-lighted, air-conditioned environment. Frequent contact with the public and other County employees


PHYSICAL DEMAND REQUIREMENTS: Continuous sitting while making court records, answering telephone, computer work, and transcribing. Fine dexterity needed to operate shorthand machine, and computer


HOURS / SPECIAL CONDITIONS:   8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., dependent on the needs of the office


The above job description is meant to describe the general nature and level of work being performed; it is not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required for the position.

McLennan County will conduct background checks on new hires that will include a criminal background check related to convictions and deferred adjudications in the past seven years and may include credit reports, motor vehicle records, employment records, and educational attainment.   A conviction or deferred adjudication is not an automatic bar to employment.  Each case is considered individually.