NACo Achievement Award
Clerk & Comptroller’s Court Compliance Program Honored With National Association of Counties Achievement Award
WEST PALM BEACH, FLA. (July 23, 2018) – Clerk & Comptroller Sharon R. Bock's ground-breaking program to help offenders meet their court-ordered financial obligations has earned the 2018 National Association of Counties Achievement Award for Criminal Justice and Public Safety. The award honors innovative, effective county government programs that strengthen services for residents.
The Clerk's Court Compliance Program enables defendants to satisfy court requirements through flexible payment options, negotiation of criminal judgments, amnesty programs and warrant dismissals. Since the inception of the program four years ago, driver's license suspensions for failure to pay felony and misdemeanor fines have dropped 79 percent, while suspensions from traffic violations have fallen 24 percent in Palm Beach County.
"This program gives offenders the ability to pay their debt to society and move forward," said Clerk Bock. "Our goal is keeping residents working, driving and continuing with their lives. "
Not paying court-ordered costs may result in driver's license suspension, late fees, a 40 percent collection agency surcharge, additional criminal charges, civil liens and even jail time. According to an analysis of Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV) data, failure to pay fines and fees accounted for 77 percent of all license suspensions in Florida between 2012 and 2015.
The Clerk's office accepted the award at the 2018 National Association of Counties Annual Conference and Exposition July 13-16 in Nashville/Davidson County, Tennessee.
For more information about the Clerk & Comptroller's payment plans and other services, visit www.mypalmbeachclerk.com or call 561.355.2996.
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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.