Front Royal town leader to run for court clerk

Daryl Funk

Front Royal Town Councilman Daryl Funk plans to make a bid for the Warren County Circuit Court Clerk’s Office in November.

Funk announced Thursday his intention to run as a Republican for the constitutional office held by Jennifer Sims. The longtime clerk has said she plans to retire when her term expires at the end of the year. Sims, a family friend, has come out and endorsed Funk for the position.

Election Day is Nov. 3.

Funk, an attorney elected to council in May 2012, made the announcement at a news conference held at the Warren County Courthouse, attended by Sims, members of Town Council, the county Board of Supervisors and Sheriff Daniel McEathron.

“I want to be able to work with everybody in the legal process,” Funk said by phone Thursday. “Sometimes I’m in an adversarial position with the opposing party … I don’t get to work with everyone, whereas the clerk’s job is to make sure the process moves smoothly for everyone involved.”

Funk said he sees the potential shift from working as an attorney to serving as the court clerk as a career change that would let him to expand on what he does in the legal system.

“I think [court clerk] fits better with my personality,” Funk said.

The town recently switched Town Council elections from May to November and, as a result, Funk’s term was extended by six months to Dec. 31, 2016. Funk had opposed the change. Funk would need to resign his seat on council if elected to the clerk’s office.

Funk, an attorney with Pond, Pond, & Williams, P.C., graduated from Bridgewater College in 2004 and received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Baltimore in 2009. Funk and his wife, Noelle, have a 4-year-old daughter.

Contact staff writer Alex Bridges at 540-465-5137 ext. 125, or abridges@nvdaily.com