System Testing Scheduled for Saturday, December 10, 2016
The Hillsborough County Clerk of Circuit Court will be performing system testing starting at noon on Saturday, December 10, 2016. HOVER will be unavailable during this time through approximately midnight Saturday, December 10th. We apologize for this inconvenience and thank you in advance for your understanding.
Supervisor receives Patriot Award
The Florida Guard and Reserve has presented Accounting Manager Catherine Edwards with the Patriot Award for the support she has given one of her Army Reserve employees.
The award is given by Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve of the Department of Defense to supervisors nominated by an employee. The award honors the assistance given members of the Guard and Reserve through various ways, including flexible schedules, time off prior to and after deployment, caring for families and granting leaves of absence if needed. Read more.
Clerk’s Office collaborates on Florida’s first Animal Abuser Registry
The Clerk’s Office collaborated with Hillsborough County government agencies to create the first Animal Abuser Registry in Florida.
The registry, which launched this week, grows out of an ordinance initiated by Commissioner Kevin Beckner and adopted Sept. 8 by the Hillsborough County Commission requiring any county resident convicted of animal abuse to register. Those on the registry are prohibited from owning a pet. Animal-related businesses and organizations are required to check the registry to ensure that no one on the registry takes possession of an animal.
Everyone is encouraged to check the Animal Abuser Registry before they transfer any animal by sale or adoption or otherwise.
“I want to convey my thanks for the significant collaboration and assistance we received from the Clerk’s Office,” said Ramin Kouzehkanani, the county’s chief information & innovation officer. “Their steadfast participation, can-do-attitude, and assistance helped make this initiative possible.”
Clerk of Court & Comptroller Pat Frank praised the team work. “We enjoy an excellent working relationship with the county and this project is the latest example,” she said.
Clerk’s invoices go online
Tens of thousands of purchasing invoices for the Clerk’s Office are now available online for public viewing.
The invoices, which cover purchases dating back to April 2012, are searchable by date, amount, invoice number and vendor. The documents were previously available only through public records requests. The invoices cover spending for such things as professional services, commodities and utilities.
“This online tool provides a heightened level of transparency and accountability,” said Clerk of Court and Comptroller Pat Frank. “It is just the latest example of the digital revolution that has transformed our office.”
Go here to read more about this new data base and to begin searching. Read a user guide for searching.
The data base will be updated automatically when invoices are processed. Vendors can use the data base to find out if an invoice has been received or processed.
Invoices before April 2012 are filed on paper and available through public records requests.
Jury Call Off Information
No juror numbers have been called off. All jurors that have not been previously excused are to report as instructed on 12/12/2016.
8:00 a.m. 1 through 1,858
10:30 a.m. 1,859 through 2,477
Clerk’s Office partners with The Spring of Tampa Bay to observe Domestic Violence Awareness Month
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and the Clerk’s Office is partnering with The Spring of Tampa Bay, Hillsborough County’s only certified domestic violence center, to raise public awareness about this pressing problem in our community.
Every year, the Clerk’s Office processes about 6,600 applications for domestic violence restraining orders. Sadly, domestic violence does not take a break for the holidays. Our clerks, along with employees of The Spring who have been deputized, process restraining order applications seven days a week, 365 days a year.
To ease the burden of this process, the Clerk’s Office made improvements in recent months at the domestic violence office at the George Edgecomb Courthouse in downtown Tampa. The office was expanded and applicants are automatically registered to allow them to view records online so they do not have to return to the courthouse to keep up with the progress of their applications. Learn more.
Pat Frank wins national budget award
For the third year in a row, Hillsborough County Clerk of Court & Comptroller Pat Frank has won the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award from the Government Finance Officers Association of the U.S. and Canada.
The award is bestowed annually to a government body that meets the highest principles of governmental budgeting and nationally recognized guidelines for effective budget presentation. The Distinguished Budget Presentation Awards Program is the only national awards program in governmental budgeting.
“We are honored to receive this national award as recognition for the hard work my finance staff does every day for the citizens of Hillsborough County,” Frank said.
The office was honored for the clerk’s 2015-16 budget, which can be viewed here.
The Government Finance Officers Association serves about 18,700 appointed and elected local, state, and provincial-level government officials and other finance practitioners. It provides publications, training programs, services, and products designed to enhance the skills and performance of those responsible for government finance policy and management.
Clerk’s Office wins second statewide award
Clerk of Court and Comptroller Pat Frank has won the ACE Award (Advanced Commitment to Excellence) from the Florida Government Finance Officers Association (FGFOA).
This is the second statewide award the Clerk's Office has won this year. The first was the Florida Excellence Best Practices Award, presented in April for a major restructuring that improved customer service, increased efficiency and enhanced communication.
The latest award, presented Monday during the opening session of the association’s annual conference in Orlando, was in the category of Process Improvement. The award recognized new procedures that created electronic storage and signatures of County Commission documents and online access of those documents for the public.
The initiative increased transparency, efficiency and accuracy. As a result of this initiative, the public can access important BOCC records online.
The FGFOA was founded in 1937 and serves more than 2,800 professionals from state, county and city governments, school districts, colleges and universities, special districts and private firms through education, networking, leadership and information.
“I am honored to receive an award from such a prestigious group,” said Frank. “To be one of only two recipients of awards is gratifying. I am particularly proud of the leadership of Kimberly Richards, the director of board records, who played an essential role in winning this award.”
Pictured with the award are (left to right) Chief of Staff Dan Klein, Director of Board of County Commissioners Records Kimberly Richards, Pat Frank and FGFOA President Barry Skinner.
Beware: Con artists use jury duty to scam people
Citizens across the United States are being targeted by phone calls and e-mails threatening them with arrest or prosecution for failing to comply with jury service in state and federal courts. Recipients are being pressured to provide money or confidential data, which could lead to identity theft, in order to avoid fines and jail time.
It is the policy of the Clerk of the Court to contact prospective jurors only through a written court summons sent by U.S. Mail. Jurors are not contacted by telephone, email, text message or any other medium. Jury Services does not need or ask for your personal information and does not require a monetary payment of any amount.
If you receive a call requesting personal information or money, immediately call the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office (813) 247-8000.
Concerned citizens may also contact Jury Services at the Clerk’s Office at 813-276-8100 ext. 4747 to determine whether or not they have been summoned for jury service.
Follow us on Facebook!
The Clerk’s Office now has a Facebook page.
If you are one of the hundreds of millions of people around the world who are on Facebook, please go to Facebook.com/hillsclerk and like our page so you can follow along as we tell the story of the hard work we do for you every day. And please invite all your Facebook friends to like the page, too.
You will find announcements, links to news stories about the Clerk’s Office and photos of the great people who make up the Clerk’s Office.
Hillsborough Clerk of Court wins Florida Excellence Award
Hillsborough County Clerk of Court & Comptroller Pat Frank has been honored with a prestigious Florida Excellence Best Practices Award for a major restructuring that improved customer service, increased efficiency and enhanced communication.
The reorganization created the new Customer Service Center at the Edgecomb Courthouse, where the public can pay traffic citations, make child support payments, file civil suits and conduct numerous other transactions.
The Florida Excellence Award is based on the nationally renowned Malcolm Baldrige Quality Award and honors public and private organizations that demonstrate performance excellence in customer service, workforce and organization. Read more.
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