GREEN COVE SPRINGS – Tara S. Green’s meteoric rise as a prominent public officer took another step last week when she was voted to the board of directors for the Florida Court Clerks and Comptrollers.
The Clay County Clerk of the Court also was selected as president-elect for the 2020-2021 term.
“If you want to be part of the solution, you have to be ready to serve,” Green said. “I want to be involved to the strategic decisions made by all of the clerks.”
Green said her position will help Clay County from being excluded from important legal decisions.
“It’s amazing what happens behind the scenes,” she said. “We won’t be surprised and get something forced on us in Clay County by surprise.”
Polk County Clerk of Courts and County Comptroller Stacy M. Butterfield was elected as president for the leadership group. Angelina “Angel” Colonneso of Manatee County, Carolyn Timmann of Martin County and Barry Baker of Suwannee County all joined Green on the board of directors.
“It’s a good mix,” Green said. “One [Baker] comes from a small, financially-strapped county, so we have a balance that will serve everyone.”
The new term started July 1.
Their efforts are intended to improve critical services that affect public safety, commerce and access to justice in not only their individual counties, but also in counties statewide, the group said.
Green first was elected in 2012 and re-elected in 2016. She was selected as the 2015 Florida Clerk of the Year, the top honor among 67 state counties.
Green’s main operation is headquartered in the Clay County Courthouse in Green Cove Springs, but branch offices located in Orange Park, Middleburg and Keystone Heights are also manned for citizens’ convenience.
On average, 40,000 cases, 370,000 docket entries and 13,000 summoned jurors are processed annually, according to the county’s website.