Elliott replaces Dianne Johnson, who recently retired after holding the job since 1980.
Elliott was appointed in a 4-0 vote by Ben Albarracin, Chip Wood, Michael McFall and Mike Hopkins in executive session.
Elliott sells used automobiles and is manager of a real estate management company. He previously worked in management for Van-Atkins Department Stores and for ITT in inventory control. He is a lifelong resident of Alcorn County who graduated from Corinth High School and studied business administration at Mississippi State University.
He sought the office of tax collector in the 2011 county election.
The board made no changes to the duties of the job.
According to the job description, the court clerk conducts initial appearances on misdemeanor violations, sets dockets, tracks tickets, enters all proceedings in the computer system, prepares warrants and works closely with the jail, among other duties.