Collier County clerk office closing at Naples City Hall

The Collier County Clerk of Court is saying good-bye to Naples.

After nearly a decade in the city of Naples, the Collier County Clerk will be vacating its satellite office at Naples City Hall sometime this year. The decision came this month, after City Manager Bill Moss asked Clerk of Court Dwight Brock to consider the option.

In a March 11 letter to Brock, Moss said the city hoped to “address projected budget deficits” by ending off-site leases and relocate city staff and some records to City Hall.

“To meet that objective, we would like to use the approximately 1,500 square feet of space that is licensed to you office,” Moss said in his letter.

The county has an interlocal agreement with the city to use a 1,500-square-foot office on the first floor of Naples City Hall, 735 Eighth Street S. That agreement was first entered into in 2001, and the county moved into the space in January 2002.

The city renewed its interlocal agreement in February 2008. That agreement was set to expire in 2011.

Moss said he believed there was limited use of the office.

Bob St. Cyr, director of community outreach for the Clerk of Courts, said the site has not had the volume of users as the county had once expected. And while the suggestion to vacate the property came from the city of Naples, St. Cyr said Brock “certainly welcomed this suggestion.”

“The clerk’s office has, in fact, been reviewing ways in which we could save costs and that was one of the areas we were considering,” Brock said in a March 17 letter to Moss.

“We certainly understand that difficult financial times call for prudent decisions based on the economy.”

The decision to move from City Hall will not affect any jobs, St. Cyr said. County employees stationed in the downtown office will be moved back to the main office to perform their same duties, he said.

While the organization is looking at ways to increase efficiencies, St. Cyr said closing down satellite offices is not currently being considered.

As for the office at City Hall, Moss said the city is still evaluating what will best fit that space. Moss said it’s likely that some of the space will be used to expand the City Clerk’s records and that the city will move its purchasing division into that space.

The purchasing division is part of the finance department, which is housed in City Hall, and Moss has said it would be beneficial to have both organizations under one roof. The purchasing division is currently at the city campus on Riverside Circle.

There’s no set dollar amount as to how much this move will save the city.

The Collier County Tax Collector will maintain a satellite office at City Hall, Moss said.

No date is set for the move, but according to Brock’s letter the Collier County Clerk of Court will vacate the property by Oct. 1.

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