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Clerk's Office Earns GFOA's Highest Honor

Government Finance Officers Association awards the Clerk's Office with the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for the office's Fiscal Year 2019 budget report.

Post Date:09/23/2019 12:00 PM

 finance team holding GFOA Destinguished Budget Presentation Award

Pictured left to right: Finance Services Manager Rita Rodriguez; Chief Operating Officer of Finance Darlene Malaney; Finance Services Director Stephen Weiss; and Budget Analyst Janet Denara.

WEST PALM BEACH, FLA. (Sept. 23, 2019) – North America’s leading association of government finance experts has awarded the Clerk & Comptroller, Palm Beach County, its highest honor in budgetary excellence for the seventh consecutive year.

The non-profit Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) awarded its esteemed “Distinguished Budget Presentation Award” to the Clerk & Comptroller for the office’s Fiscal Year 2019 budget report. The award recognizes government agencies that adhere to the highest principles of government budgeting and meet nationally-recognized guidelines for budget transparency and financial accountability.

The Clerk & Comptroller’s 250-page report provides detailed information about the office’s $69.7 million budget, strategic plan and financial policies.

“It is an honor to be recognized as a leader in governmental budgeting and fiscal accountability,” said Clerk & Comptroller Sharon R. Bock, Esq. “This is a tremendous accomplishment and a testament to my team’s continued commitment to providing our community with clear and transparent information about how their tax dollars are budgeted.”

The Clerk & Comptroller’s budget report earned GFOA’s highest ratings in four main categories that evaluate how well the report serves as a policy document, a financial plan, an operations guide and a communications device.

The GFOA is an independent professional association, whose best practice guidelines are considered the gold standard in public finance. Founded in 1906, the association represents more than 20,000 government and public finance officials throughout the United States and Canada.

“At the Clerk & Comptroller, our mission is to protect, preserve and maintain public records and public funds with integrity and accountability,” said Chief Operating Officer Shannon R. Chessman, CPA. “Our annual budget report is one of the many ways we uphold our mission by providing the public with detailed information about our funding sources, spending and financial business strategies.”

To download a copy of the Clerk’s FY 2019 budget report, please visit the County Financial Reports section of


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About the Clerk & Comptroller, Palm Beach County
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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