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Background on Clerks' Role as Public Trustee
The Florida Constitution, which has governed Florida citizens for more than 175 years, established a Clerk & Comptroller as an elected public trustee in 1838 and established at the county level a system of checks and balances that has served the public well. The functions and duties of Clerk & Comptrollers vary from state to state. In most jurisdictions, the Clerk & Comptroller is generally vested with a large number of administrative duties. The Florida Clerk is not only Clerk of the Circuit Court, but also the County Treasurer, Recorder, Auditor, Finance Officer, and Ex-Officio Clerk of the County Commission in most counties.
The Office of the Clerk & Comptroller performs a wide range of record keeping, information management, and financial management for the judicial system and county government. Because the Clerk & Comptroller's duties affect the rights and property of county citizens, it is essential that the Clerk & Comptroller remain accountable for his or her actions. For this reason, the constitution and statutes require that the Clerk:
Public evaluation and scrutiny in the election process every four years also ensures accountability of your locally elected Clerk & Comptroller.
The Joint Select Committee on Judicial Personnel of the Florida Legislature calculated that the Clerk & Comptroller's Office performs 926 different constitutional and statutory functions and duties (this number does not include responsibilities required by court rule and administrative order). The number of tasks continues to grow with changes in legislation, regulations and reporting requirements.
"A public officer is a public trust. The people have the right to secure and sustain that trust."
Article I, Section 8, Florida Constitution.
"There shall be in each county a Clerk of the Circuit Court who shall be selected pursuant to the provisions of Article VIII, Section 1."
Article V, Section 16, Florida Constitution.
"The Clerk of the Circuit Court shall be Ex-Officio Clerk of the Board of County Commissioners, Auditor, Recorder and Custodian of all county funds."
Article VIII, Section 1(d), Florida Constitution.
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