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STATEWIDE PROSECUTOR HONORS CLERK BOCK FOR CONTRIBUTION DURING 18-MONTH GRAND JURY SESSION

WEST PALM BEACH, FL (March 25, 2009) Statewide Prosecutor Bill Shepherd recently honored Clerk & Comptroller Sharon Bock and her staff for “unselfish and faithful service” during a recent 18-month Statewide Grand Jury session held at the Palm Beach County Courthouse.  The August 2007 to February 2009 session focused primarily on gang-related violence across the state and right here in Palm Beach County.  During an appreciation ceremony honoring the Clerk’s office on March 16, Shepherd said the streets are safer from violence thanks to the investigation. He thanked the office for its role in the judicial process and for ensuring that all aspects of the jury’s efforts ran efficiently and smoothly.

 “It was an honor to be asked to assist in this important investigation and to have such a prestigious platform on which we could demonstrate our professionalism, efficiency and world-class service,” said Clerk Bock. The Clerk’s office applied its own best practices to existing procedures for statewide grand juries, helping to improve processes for everything from how sensitive case documents are handled to how jurors are paid.  “Without adding staff or expenses to our own office, we created a prototype that can be used by future statewide grand juries,” said Bock.

Statewide grand juries deal with the investigation of crimes that cross county lines, and are hosted in different locations throughout Florida.  This was the 18th Statewide Grand Jury session, and the first one held in Palm Beach County. The recent session led to a complete overhaul of the State’s existing gang legislation, with tremendous results around the state. According to the Office of the Statewide Prosecution, homicides, robberies and police calls are down across Florida due to the recent arrests and indictments of gang members.

Statewide Grand Jury Honors Clerk Bock


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Statewide Prosecutor Bill Shepherd presents a plaque of recognition to Clerk & Comptroller Sharon Bock during a March 16 ceremony at the Palm Beach County Courthouse.

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The Florida Constitution established the independent office of the Clerk & Comptroller as a public trustee, responsible for safeguarding public records and public funds. Clerk Sharon Bock is directly elected by and accountable to Palm Beach 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 & Comptroller is the Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer and Auditor for Palm Beach County.

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