I am a lifetime resident of Watauga County and live in the Foscoe Community with my husband, Thad Taylor.  My parents are Clint and Ruth Cornett from the Mountain Dale Community in Vilas.  My daughter, Melissa, has blessed me with 3 beautiful grandchildren plus a beautiful great granddaughter.

 After graduating from Watauga High School and beginning my career in the Clerk’s office, I completed several business and accounting classes through Caldwell Community College.  Also as part of my work experience, I have taken many hours of training offered by the Administrative Office of the Courts and by the North Carolina School of Government in Chapel Hill.

I worked in the Clerk’s office for 30 years under the direction of the Honorable Clerks of Court, John T. Bingham and Glenn Hodges.   I worked in all departments with a concentration in the bookkeeping, criminal, and civil divisions of the office.  As part of my duties I worked with financial institutions, the county finance office,   jurors reporting for jury duty, men and women paying and receiving child support, lawyers filing civil actions, law enforcement personnel, and people from all walks of  life.  I enjoyed working as an Assistant Clerk with and for the people of Watauga County.  As a result of those years of experience, I had the knowledge and ability to be your Clerk and was honored to be elected as your Clerk of Superior Court in 2010.

Since being elected in 2010 for my first term and then running unopposed in 2014 for my second term, I have continued to serve the county with honesty and with integrity.  My staff and I attend training to ensure that we keep up with the changes that impact our ability to serve the public in all matters that come before us.  On several occasions I have either hosted or co-hosted Continued Legal Education training for our local bar.  I have also hosted seminars for our banking community to help us all better understand our roles and responsibilities to our citizens who are dealing with estate administration issues. 

My life experiences have given me the knowledge needed to be a good administrator and leader.  Therefore, I again ask for your vote on November 6, 2018.

News & Events

  • Sweet Treat Social - Come Meet Diane Cornett Deal, Running for Re-election as Watauga County Clerk of Superior Court! Enjoy a fun afternoon at the park while getting to know Diane Cornett Deal, candidate for re-election to office of Clerk of Superior Court. Bring your family and friends for some sweet treats, games, and friendly fellowship with Diane about her Continue Reading
  • Administering Oaths - One duty of the Clerk is administering oaths. On March 20th I had the privilege of swearing into office the newest ASU police officer. Congratulations Officer Kirk.
  • Campaign Kick-off on April 5, 2018 - Campaign Kick-off on April 5, 2018 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm NC Cooperative Extension Agriculture Center 971 W. King St. Boone, NC 28607 Come out and show your support for keeping Diane as your experienced Clerk of Superior Court. Refreshments will be served.