Clerk’s Duties and Responsibilities
The Clerk of Circuit Court is an independently elected official critical to the checks and balances of county government. Some of the duties under the Office of the Clerk include Clerk to both Circuit and County Courts, Chief Financial Officer for Hernando County, Official Records Keeper, Ex-Officio Clerk to the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) and Clerk to the Value Adjustment Board (VAB).
Clerk to Circuit and County Courts
As the custodian of all Court records, the Clerk of Circuit Court has the responsibility for providing the support services that help keep Hernando County’s Courts running smoothly. Duties include processing all civil and criminal cases, including traffic tickets; collecting and disbursing all Court fines/fees; keeping the Court Registry (the money on deposit with the Court); accounting for child support collections; receiving appellate petitions; conducting mortgage foreclosure sales; auditing Guardianship reports; securing and disposing of all evidence entered by the Court; overseeing jury management and assisting victims of abuse through the Domestic Relations Division.
Chief Financial Officer
In the role of CFO, the Clerk is responsible for the safekeeping and distribution of hundreds of millions of dollars annually. He is responsible for handling the County’s banking and investment functions; preparation of financial statements; accounts payable; payroll for all county employees; accounts receivable; debt management; and grant and enterprise fund accounting. The Clerk is also the independent internal auditor for Clerk and County departments.
The Clerk is custodian of all official records, including deeds, mortgages and liens. The Clerk collects and disburses intangible taxes and documentary stamp monies and conducts Tax Deed sales. The Clerk, through his deputies, is responsible for issuing marriage licenses and performing marriage ceremonies. The Clerk’s Office also serves as a Passport Acceptance Facility, participating in the Passport Application Acceptance Program.
Clerk to Board of County Commissioners
The Clerk is the custodian of all records related to the Board of County Commissioners. Those include minutes, agendas, evidence, county ordinances, and proclamations.
Clerk to Value Adjustment Board
As Clerk to the VAB, the Clerk processes appeals and schedules VAB hearings for property owners seeking property value, exemption or classification relief.