Circuit Court Clerk

Circuit Court Clerk

A message from Jamita Swearengen, 
the Circuit Court Clerk:

Welcome to the Shelby County Circuit Court Clerk's website.

I want to know your needs. Please send me an email at with your comments and concerns. I look forward to hearing from you.

Jamita Swearengen


Jamita E. Swearengen is an honored, well-respected educator, a social and community activist, who has dedicated her entire life to serving her church, community, and city. 

Jamita is the daughter of the Honorable James E. Swearengen and retired educator, Mrs. Hattie Swearengen-Tuggle. Jamita has one sister, Jana E. Swearengen-Washington. 

Not only has she served as a multi-talented community activist, but she has also been educated and mentored to be a committed champion for all people in the greater Memphis community. As far back as her years at Memphis Central High School, Ms. Swearengen dedicated her early years to the study of music. Ms. Swearengen is a classically trained musician, who studied violin, piano, cello, and vocal music. 

Jamita matriculated from Central High School and completed her B.A. in Natural Science at LeMoyne-Owen College. 

Her heart has always been in serving her community; therefore, a position was taken with Shelby County Schools first serving as a classroom educator, to a Family Engagement Specialist. Ms. Swearengen is and was dedicated to being a beacon of hope for young people in the 21st century. She has also been an active participant in the local political process as well as an active member of the Shelby County Democratic Executive Committee. 

She is a dedicated and prominent member of Mount Pisgah C.M.E. Church where she serves as the Minister of Music and is active in a multitude of auxiliaries. In addition to a plethora of community organizations, Ms. Swearengen is a very active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. 

Jamita Swearengen was elected to the Memphis City Council in November 2015 and was the chair of the Public Safety & Homeland Security Committee, Vice-Chair of the Housing and Community Development Committee, and the Council liaison for the Civilian Law Enforcement Review Board, Crime Commission, Memphis Area Transit Authority, Memphis River Parks Partnership, and the Memphis in May board of directors. 

In August 2022, Jamita Swearengen was elected as Shelby County Circuit Court Clerk. Clerk Swearengen then resigned from the Memphis City Council as chair on August 30th, 2022, and began her new position where she now has been serving as the Shelby County Circuit Court Clerk since September 1st, 2022.