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About the Clerk
|I have called Citrus County home since 1982. Prior to my election in 2012, I worked for the Citrus County Clerk's Office for 22 years, serving as Chief Deputy Clerk from 2007-2012. January 2021 marked the beginning of my third term as the elected Clerk and over the past two terms, I have focused on implementing new technologies that streamline operations and expand access to public services. I prioritize service to the citizens and providing the constituency accountability, transparency, and efficiency. Happily married to my husband Alan, I dedicate my free time to church, family, friends and music.|
EducationEducation is at the top of my list of priorities. I hold a BA in Business Administration with an Accounting Specialization from St. Leo University and earned certification through the Government Finance Officers Association in Advanced Governmental Accounting, Reporting, Budgeting, and Fraud detection. I trained with the Leadership Development Institute at the University of Florida and the Institute of Government from Florida State University. I completed 240 hours of training in my first 18 months in office and received the designation of Certified Clerk of Court which I maintain annually through continuing education and training.
Making a difference locally
Since I took office, I have launched multiple innovations in technology to better serve and protect the citizens. Examples of these are:
Making a difference statewide
As your Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller, I serve on the following statewide committees:
Florida Court Clerks & Comptrollers
The Florida Constitution established the Clerk of the Circuit Court as a public trustee, responsible for safeguarding public records and public funds. Clerk Angela Vick is directly elected by and accountable to Citrus County residents. In addition to the roles of Clerk of the Circuit Court, County Recorder and Clerk of the Board of County Commissioners, the Clerk is the Chief Financial Officer and Auditor for Citrus County.
Mission, Vision, and Organizational Values
Our organizational values reflect what is truly important to us. They are the standards to which we hold ourselves accountable and the principal beliefs that inspire our behavior, define our culture, and propel us towards our vision of “Serving together…dedicated to excellence”, as well as our mission to “Safeguard and Serve”.
Effective communication is the foundation for any successful organization. We provide clear, concise, relevant and timely information to our internal and external customers. We promote active listening as well as an open and honest environment designed to cultivate new ideas and encourage feedback.
To serve with excellence is to be committed to customer satisfaction by assisting internal and external customers respectfully, courteously, promptly and competently with the highest level of professionalism, honesty and integrity. We model behaviors that promote a peaceful and productive work environment. Sustaining service excellence requires innovation. We value creativity and the ability to adapt to change as we strive for improved efficiencies and effectiveness.
Through personal and professional growth, we will continue to develop and maintain the essential knowledge and skills to perform our duties to the best of our abilities. We accept responsibility for our mistakes and turn them into learning opportunities.
The Clerk of the Circuit Court is 1 of 5 Citrus County constitutional officers directly elected by county citizens and responsible for safeguarding all public records and public funds. The Office of the Clerk of the Circuit Court was established in the Florida Constitution as a public trustee, managing 4 primary functions and more than 1,000 individual responsibilities.
Duties & Functions of the Clerk and Comptroller
The Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller is characterized as one whose duties are not purely ministerial, but rather an integral part of the entire county governmental process. As an officer of the court, the Clerk is endowed with certain authority to aid and promote the judicial process. Additionally, the Clerk's authority as an Elected County Officer, with responsibilities as auditor and custodian of all county funds, allows the Clerk to provide a check and balance function on behalf of local government and the citizens of Citrus County, Florida.
The origins of the Clerk of Court's office extend into early English history. In times past, the custody of court records was entrusted to one of the judges. However, it soon became apparent that the judge alone was unable to preside over the argument, record the proceedings and issue writs. Consequently, the Office of the Clerk of Courts was created. Subordinate judicial officials were chosen from among the clergy, the only literate group at the time. Thus , the name clerk is derived from the Latin "clericus," meaning clergyman. In the English colonies, officers of the common day pleas courts were known as county clerks, a title that continues to be used in most states today.
The functions and duties of Clerks vary from state to state. In most jurisdictions, the Clerk is generally vested with a large number of administrative duties. In Florida, the Clerk of the Circuit Court is a constitutional officer created by Article V, Section 16, of the Constitution of the State of Florida. In Citrus County, Florida, the Clerk is not only Clerk of the Circuit Court and County Court, but also the County Treasurer, Recorder, Auditor, Finance Officer and Ex-Officio Clerk of the County Commission.
In a study done by the Joint Select Committee on Judicial Personnel of the Florida Legislature, it was calculated that the Clerk's office performs 926 different tasks. Since then, these tasks have continued to grow with changes in legislation, regulations, and reporting requirements.
Clerk of the Circuit Court
As a member of the 5th Judicial Circuit, the Clerk is responsible for processing, recording, filing, and guaranteeing the integrity of all court-related documents in Citrus County. Such documents consist of traffic tickets, divorces, foreclosures, lawsuits, case evidence, wills, domestic violence petitions, and tenant evictions. The Clerk is also responsible for managing the county's jury system. Citizens can represent themselves in court and purchase court packets with instructions through the Clerk's online Self Service Center.
The Clerk preserves and ensures the integrity of the Official Record Books of Citrus County dating back to 1887. Documents such as mortgages, deeds, liens, judgments and marriage licenses are recorded and entered into a computer system. Documents dating back to 1980 are available online through the Official Records Search. Official Records prior to 1980 are available on microfilm and are viewable at our Customer Service counter. The Official Records Department also issues marriage licenses and processes passport applications.
County Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer & Auditor
In the public's interest, the Clerk provides a necessary check and balance on the county's budget, revenue and spending. The Clerk processes payments on behalf of the Board of County Commissioners and ensures that all taxpayer funds are being used lawfully. Any funds not designated for spending are invested by the Clerk. The interest earned on those investments helps ease the tax burden on citizens in future years. The Clerk's responsible management of public funds has also helped reduce operating costs and generate new forms of revenue through cash back programs.
Clerk of the Board of County Commissioners
The Clerk prepares and maintains the records of Board of County Commissioners' meetings and other government meetings. All the meeting minutes are made available to the public. The Clerk also administers the Value Adjustment Board process.
Meaning of Clerk's Seal
Lady Justice typically wears a blindfold to symbolize her impartiality.
Lady Justice holds a sword and shield which symbolizes her statutory duty to safeguard the finances and records entrusted to the Clerk.
As this relates to the Clerk’s Office, it symbolizes her ability to safeguard the finances and records entrusted to the Clerk.
The blindfold and scales, together with the sword, complete the symbolism of Lady Justice as both powerful and impartial.