The Clerk of the Circuit Court is an independently elected public official responsible for performing over 1,200 constitutional and statutory functions and duties. The Clerk’s role is one of the broadest and most diverse roles of any elected public official.
The system of “checks and balances” is a core function within the duties of the Clerk. It is defined in Title Five, Chapter 28 of the Florida Statutes that the Clerk serve as:
• Guardian of all county funds
• Keeper of all court records
• Keeper of public records such as deeds, leases and mortgages
As a constitutional officer and public trustee, the Clerk is responsible for:
• Being in charge of maintaining control, custody and the disposal of physical evidence filed as exhibits;
• Collecting and disbursing court fines, fees and assessments;
• Collecting and disbursing child support and alimony payments;
• Ensuring that county and state programs within the Clerk’s office are administered properly and efficiently;
• Processing and maintaining court documents to make certain that cases are handled in a timely manner;
In the role of guardian of public funds, the Clerk of the Circuit Court must:
• Ensure that taxpayer’s money is managed in accordance with the law;
• Prepare the financial statements of county government;
• Audit reports in guardianship cases;
The Clerk of the Circuit Court is held accountable as a public trustee, which is imperative considering his or her actions have a strong impact on the public. Although the position is governed by Florida Statutes, the Clerk’s accountability, more importantly, resides in the right of the citizens who elect the Clerk every four years.
Dwight Brock is currently serving his fifth term as Clerk of the Circuit Court of Collier County. To contact him: CollierClerk@CollierClerk.com; or (239) 252-2646 or Web site, www.CollierClerk.com. Address: Collier County Courthouse Annex, 2nd Floor Government Center Complex, 3301 Tamiami Trail East.