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Senate President Atwater Appoints Clerk Sharon Bock to State-Level Executive Council

Bock’s financial expertise needed in transition to new legislative budgeting process

WEST PALM BEACH, FL (November 23, 2009) – Clerk & Comptroller Sharon R. Bock has been appointed by Senate President Jeff Atwater to the Executive Council of the Florida Clerks of Court Operations Corporation (CCOC). The CCOC reviews and certifies clerks’ court-related proposed budgets that fund the operations of the 67 clerk of court offices in the state of Florida.

Bock, whose appointment is effective immediately, will be actively involved in implementing legislation passed in May that requires all clerk budgets be approved by the state legislature. Under the new legislation, each clerk submits their proposed budgets to the CCOC, which then makes a budget presentation and recommendation to the legislature.

“I am honored to have this opportunity to participate in the clerks’ budgeting process at the state level,” said Bock.

In addition to being a Supreme Court Certified Clerk, Bock has extensive experience as an attorney, business owner, and financial consultant with securities license series 7, 63 and 65. She is also an Accredited Investment Fiduciary (AIF). “Because this budgeting process is new, I now have a unique opportunity to make the clerks’ court operations and budgeting more transparent to the Senate. Now and throughout the 2010 session an open dialogue will ensure the Senate has all the information it needs to make tough budget decisions,” Bock said.

The Executive Council of the CCOC consists of eight clerks of court elected by Florida’s clerks, as well as representatives from the state House, Senate and Judicial branches as ex officio members. Bock is the first ex officio member appointed by the Senate.

Bock is currently serving her second four-year term as Clerk & Comptroller of Palm Beach County, the third largest clerk’s office in Florida. She was first elected to the office of Clerk of the Circuit Court in November 2004. For more information about the Clerk & Comptroller’s office, visit www.mypalmbeachclerk.com.

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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