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CLERK BOCK TO REOPEN ROYAL PALM BEACH OFFICE FOR
LIMITED HOURS AND SERVICES

Starting January 6, the mid-county branch will open Thursdays and Fridays for
traffic citation payments only

WEST PALM BEACH, FL (January 5, 2011) – Clerk & Comptroller Sharon Bock is pleased to announce the partial reopening this week of her office's mid-county location. Starting January 6, the branch located in the Midwestern Community Services Center on 200 Civic Center Way in Royal Palm Beach will open on Thursdays and Fridays, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., for traffic citation payments only. 

This branch location closed on June 30, 2009 to offset critical staff shortages at other locations caused by a state-mandated $7.1 million or 18 percent reduction in the office's budget by July 1 of that year.

"We are still feeling the impact of losing more than 100 positions in the last two years, but in the time since the closure, we have been able to stabilize and evaluate how to best maximize services to the public with our extremely limited resources," said Clerk Bock.

By reopening the Royal Palm Beach location two days a week for traffic citation payments--identified as a top customer need--Clerk Bock hopes to not only better meet the needs of customers in the western communities, but also ease the burden on other Clerk’s office locations.  The Royal Palm Beach office expects to serve 300 to 500 customers a week in those two days, which will help reduce customer wait times at the office’s other locations.

No budget dollars are being used for the reopening and no additional employees are being hired to staff the branch. The reopening may not be permanent as the office may face more budget cuts in the 2011 legislative session.

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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